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What Attracts Crickets Into A House And How Do You Keep Them Out?

Cricket up close

Crickets are arguably one of the most annoying pests people encounter in their homes. Many times, homeowners will hear this nuisance bug before they see it. If you have a lot of crickets in and around your home, it could be extremely difficult to get a good night's sleep without proper pest control.

At Miche Pest Control, we have spent years helping homeowners eradicate these pesky insects from their properties. Here is a look at some of the possible reasons why crickets keep hanging around your home and how to make them leave and not come back.

What Are Crickets?

Crickets are insects that are part of the orthoptera family. Other common insects, such as locusts and grasshoppers, are distant relatives of the cricket. There are several hundred different species, so their appearance will vary slightly based on the type of cricket in your home. However, all crickets have a few common characteristics, such as their long cylindrical bodies, small heads, and long hind legs that allow them to jump up to three feet in the air.

One of the main reasons people don't like having crickets around their homes is that some produce a loud and constant chirping noise. They produce this noise by rubbing their wings together. Someone with a really good listening ear might be able to identify the type of cricket by its chirp. Each species of cricket has its own unique chirping sound.

What Kinds Of Issues Can Crickets Cause In Your Home?

Crickets are not only just a nuisance, but they have the ability to also be somewhat destructive. Crickets are omnivores and will eat a variety of things depending on what is available. Outside, this includes small insects and plants. If they come into your home, they could eat clothing and bedding as well as any fresh produce you keep outside of the refrigerator.

But the main issue with crickets in your home is that the somewhat wistful chirp you might hear on your evening walk can become an earsplitting nightmare inside your home. Crickets chirp loudly at intervals making it difficult to get to sleep or stay asleep, especially when multiple insects are nesting in your home.

What Attracts Crickets Into The House?

Crickets like warm areas. If they think your home will provide a sheltered and warm place to escape the harsh elements, they will try to come inside. They will also come in if they think your home has a reliable food and water source. Some of the things that could be attracting crickets into your home include:

  • Pet food and water dishes left out in the open
  • Indoor garbage cans that are left full
  • Fruits baskets or other fresh produce left out of the refrigerator
  • Leaky faucets or pipes that create moist and dark areas under your home or sinks

Crickets are also more likely to invade your home if they think there is a sheltered place to hide. Make sure to keep the grass in your yard cut short. Also, you should do your best to keep both your yard and the inside of your home clutter-free to eliminate hiding spots for crickets and other pests.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Crickets?

Crickets are great at staying out of sight. They are the types of pests that are usually heard and not seen. If you are seeing (or hearing) signs of crickets in your home, you could call a professional to handle the issue. At Miche Pest Control, we can take the stress and hassle out of cricket control. We know how to find what is causing crickets to enter your home, which will help us to eliminate the crickets and keep them from coming back in the future. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.