Most of the occasional structural pests invade structures due to the hostility of weather condition- when the weather becomes too critical for their survival, they tend to into structures. Occasional invaders are mainly nuisance pests because they don’t naturally spend long hours indoors.
For instance, the brown stink bug, notorious for its odor. Study more about the various species of occasional pests, including millipedes and stink bugs centipedes and the best way to control/get rid of them.
These bugs get their based on the fact that they are common found on and round boxelder trees. This is an origin of the western states. The specie is found in the eastern Canada, the eastern United States, and areas in Nevada where you can find boxelder trees.
The bent nature of this pest gave it the name “Camel crickets”. They are found all over the U.S and the world. They naturally lack sound producing organs, hence they do not chirp. The adults are wingless unlike the other species. The Camel crickets leap when they sense danger, as that is their only defense mechanism against predators.
Centipedes are endowed with nothing less than 15-177 pairs of legs depending on the specie; hence they are often referred to as hundred-legers. One fascinating fact about centipedes is that the number of their legs is always odd.
There is a common myth about earwigs that they crawl into the ears of those asleep and tunnels into their brains. The earwig can easily identified by the cerci or clippers on its back.
These are crickets that often invade houses for survival. Interestingly, they chirp loudly which they do by rubbing their front wings together to attract the opposite sex.
The Ladybugs may sometimes be referred to as ladybird beetles or lady beetles. A lot of species of the ladybug are beneficial insects, while others have an overwintering habit in structures which makes them become nuisance pests. About 475 species of the ladybird are found in the U.S and Canada.
It is most likely that the mayflies got their name from the fact that they are mostly seen around by the month of May, though it depends on the specie, they also do emerge earlier or later. Their time of emergence also depend on the prevalent environmental condition.
Although they are called “Mayflies”, they are actually aquatic insects and not really flies. They serve as good food source to fishes and reptiles. They are easily identified and distinguished by the 2 or three tails which has a longer length than their entire body.
The millipedes have between 30-90 pairs of legs(depending on specie), which gave them another name “thousand legers” . A specie Illacme plenipes which has the highest number of legs is said to have legs of more than 333 pairs.
The periodical cicadas are big insects which are commonly mistaken for locusts, of which they are not related. They easily recognized by their loud bussing sounds they (males) produce to attract the females.
In various parts of the country, over 15 broods of the periodical cicadas emerged in a 13 – 17 year cycle. In the month of may, the North-eastern United states was invaded from Carolinas to Connecticut. A 17 year cicadas, brood III is to emerge in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois in 2014.
Pillbugs (Rollie Pollies)
Pillbugs is the only crustacean that has gotten so used to staying on land. They have 7 pairs of legs and an oval body shape. One can easily recognize the 7 hard plates on their back. They are often referred to as rollie-pollies.
This is a nuisance pest which has close relationship with mites, spiders and ticks. Of the about 1,200 species of scorpion found globally, 70 species are in the U.S. The most dangerous of all these species, is the Arizona Bark Scorpion found in Northern Mexico and South-western part of America.
The silverfish was named from its silvery, metal-like looks and fishlike body shape and movement. They have no wings to fly, but can run pretty fast. They always try to remain hidden from human views, so the damages they cause may as well go unnoticed.
Springtails (Snow Fleas)
Some particular species of springtails are often referred to as “snow fleas” when seen during winter, but in the real sense, they are not fleas. Springtails emerge all through the year; they don’t have wings but move around jumping in a unique system. You will very well notice this jumping system when they jump against the snow in winter.
The marmorated stink bugs are species introduced from Asia, and brought to Pennsylvania in 1996. The bug got its name from the stinky odor it gives off when disturbed or crushed. Other insects like some ant species, beetles and some other bugs share similarity in characteristics.