At Canton Termite & Pest Control, we understand that no one wants to live with bugs in their home (Well, maybe some weird people do, but not you and me!)  But, sometimes bugs do not want to be in your home either!

There are a plethora of insects that would gladly move into your home for food, shelter, and nesting. But some types of insects, such as crickets, millipedes, and earwigs, will die if they enter your home by mistake.

So here’s what you need to know about these “Accidental Invaders.”


Earwigs are very common creatures. They are small and easily identified by the pincer like appendage located on the abdomen. They are approximately 2 inches long on average. Interestingly, a legend persists to this day that Earwigs crawl into your ear and lay eggs in your brain.

Fortunately, it is only a legend, and earwigs actually pose almost no threat to humans whatsoever. They often find their way into homes by mistake, looking for dark crevices in which to live. However, earwigs are scavengers and cannot find a stable food source inside of human homes, and will die if it remains there for too long.


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The millipede is another common “Accidental Invader” you might find in your home. Despite their name, millipedes do not in fact have 1000 legs, the maximum number is 750 pairs and that record is held by a species known as the Illacme plenipes. Millipedes come in sizes ranging from less than one inch to about 14 inches. Millipedes are not dangerous to humans, as they do not bite and their defensive methods are not harmful to humans. They thrive off of decomposing vegetation and will die if they are unable to find any. As a result they have an extremely short lifespan inside of your home.


While not all crickets are prone to enter homes, field crickets are often found dead inside of homes when they enter by mistake. Field crickets are approximately 15-25 mm in size, and inhabit the woods and fields surrounding residential areas. Interestingly, some species within this group of crickets are actually raised as food for exotic pets. These crickets feed on seeds and some other insects, but both of those food sources do not exist inside of human homes, and as a result entering a home would be fatal for the cricket.

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While these types of bugs cannot actually infest your home and remain there, they can still be nuisance to you and your family when they enter your home.

If you have a problem with flies, gnats, or any other pest…or simply a question…Call Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598 and ask for me, Tim McWhirter, president. I’ll be happy to help you any way I can.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!


PS. Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!


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