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Occasional Invaders are insects and other arthropods that sporadically enter structures, sometimes in large numbers. At this time of year when we receive an abundant amount of rainfall here are some pests to watch out for.

Large Roaches (also referred to as Palmetto Bugs) have wings and sometimes fly. These pests prefer running to flying, however.

The American cockroach is the largest home-infesting cockroach. Males and females are about the same size (approximately 1 1/2 inches long) and look very similar.

Although a palmetto bug may have set up camp in your home, this pest generally lives outdoors. If indoors, American cockroaches like to stick to food preparation areas like restaurants, grocery stores, and bakeries. They also like warm, moist locations like boiler rooms and sewers.

Earwigs can easily be recognized by their pincers at the end of their abdomen. Their pinchers are harmless to humans although it is a myth that earwigs do bite. Earwigs are mostly active at night and they eat dead insects and decomposing plant materials. They are also attracted to light. If earwigs appear in the house, it is safe to say that they came from the outdoors through an entry points (i.e. doors, crack and crevice, window sills, drains, utility pipes and windows).

The hairy, fleet, Wolf Spiders are very common outdoors under leaf litter, rocks, and logs. When they come inside, they normally stay on the ground floor and are active in dim light. Large Wolf spiders often frighten people. If handled, they give a painful bite but it is not dangerous.