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Recognize the invasion of insects

Whether it's just a cockroach or an invasion of crickets, it's still not pleasant to deal with insects that colonize our home. When you have removed the insects from home but you are on the alert for further invasion, read the following considerations to learn more about the behavior of these invading insects. 

Insects seek shelter

Insects that enter your home in the fall, they do it because they are looking for a shelter. In winter, insects enter a lethargy condition called diapause. Many insects wintering at the adult stage, modify the chemical composition of their blood, producing a substance similar to an antifreeze that protects them from freezing. This allows them to survive the winter cold protected under the bark of trees until the following spring, when their blood changes composition again. Despite this winter strategy, many insects, such as bedbugs and some beetles, tend to look for a warm place to take shelter as soon as temperatures start to fall. This is why we often find them at home. Insects that take shelter in homes, in winter, they do not reproduce. Many do not even survive. 

The role of humidity

Many insects have difficulty regulating the water content of their body, which is why they live in wet areas; in autumn, insects such as beetles, spiders, centipedes or crickets, take refuge in the cellars. Keep your cellars as wet as possible if you want to reduce the invasion of insects looking for a place to spend the winter.

It often happens to find insects looking for a wet place in the sink of bathrooms and kitchens: centipedes, ants, derms. To avoid this inconvenience, dry the sinks with a cloth at the end of the day.  

Predators against prey

Try to understand if the insects that invade your home are migratory (and therefore in passing home!) Or settle. Insects such as bedbugs, beetles carabids, wolf spiders and flies are wintering insects looking for a place to spend the winter. Centipedes, spiders and silver fish, are present only at certain times of the year, looking for food. To reduce the presence of these insects, try to understand if they are predatory insects or if they are prey: centipedes and spiders are fed at the expense of other insects. By eliminating their prey, you will also eliminate predators. Silverfish, which live up to eight years, develop on wet books, cardboard, or starch-containing material: reducing moisture and dust will reduce their presence. 

How to deal with these invaders

What to do when you come across one of these insects that invades the house? Mash! flies, insects, ants, centipedes and silverfish. but be careful: when you crush the little silver fishes they can release color that stains. Bedbugs and cockroaches, if crushed, emit a terrible odor: it is much better to remove them. If you find insects inside a bag, close them in a further bag, as some are able to pierce the plastic and get out, and throw away everything. Place cedar balls in the bags to prevent the insects from entering.

To reduce, avoid or eliminate the presence of insects in the home, finally, use appropriate insecticide products.

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