Invading Structural Pests
If you are looking for information on Invading Structural Pests that are associated with mulch and moisture, than you have come to the right location to learn about insects that are often referred to as occasional invaders to structures.
These occasional invaders such as scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, crickets,pillbugs, sowbugs, earwigs and silverfish are more of a nuisance when first observed on the interior of a structure. Throuhout the year when our enviornment goes through changes from the norm such as torrencial rainfall or an occassional cold snap, these insects will seek shelter asap. If they do wonder inside of man made structure, they will seek a dark and damp area for shelter for a small time frame. These insects cannot survive and complete their life cycle indoors because it does not promote ideal enviornmental conditions to survive such as locating food source materials.
- Eliminate stored wood piles and debris next to the structure.
- Try to eliminate wood mulch in flower beds or landscaping next to foundation and change to a stone.
- Repair all rotting exterior wood siding and trim areas.
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Scorpions life cycle is normally3-5 years. Their young are born alive and live on the back of the female until their first molt. Scorpions are cannibalistic and the females will normally eat their own young as well as other insects such as spiders and roaches.
Scorpions sting only when provoked or distured and the venom is a neurotoxin. No floridian scorpion is considered poisonous. They live normally under logs, rubbish and debris which provides shelter and protection.
They are often called hundred leggers and have one pair of legs per segment. Centipedes have 40-50 body segments that are flattened and can grow as long as 6 inches and live up to 6 years.
Centipedes are most active at night feeding on insects and spiders. They have venom glands to immobilze their prey and inflict painful bites to humans. They live normally stones, leaf litter, logs and soil crevices.