How To Get Rid Of And Prevent Crickets In Your Home
January 01, 2023 - Crickets
Crickets are a common sight—or sound, at least—in the evenings. But a nice aspect of summertime quickly becomes an issue when crickets infest your home. These pests can do quite a bit of damage to your home and belongings, so the infestation must be taken care of quickly. That’s why Miche Pest Control is here to help. We offer a variety of treatments for all your home pest control needs so that you can live comfortably pest-free.
Characteristics Of Common Crickets
House crickets are typically a little less than an inch long and yellowish-brown. They’re typically drawn to warm, moist environments, so they’ll enter your home when it’s cold outside. These crickets eat other insects as well as fabrics. Male house crickets chirp by rubbing their legs together as a mating call. House crickets are attracted to electric lights and will sometimes gather in large groups surrounding a light source.
Camel crickets are more prominent, as long as an inch and a half. They’re humpbacked and have massive hind legs. They don’t chirp or fly, but they can jump. They also have extra-long antennae. Unlike house crickets, camel crickets come inside when it’s hot and dry outside. They’ll spend time in basements, crawl spaces, garages, and other similar spaces.
Field crickets are black and can be between ½ and one ¼” long. These crickets also chirp. They’ll eat about anything, including other insects, crops, and clothing.
The Problems Crickets Can Create In Your House
The good news is that crickets don’t cause any harm to humans. They don’t have any ability to bite people, and they don’t spread disease. They can, however, cause damage to your property and belongings.
House and field crickets feed on fabrics like wool, silk, fur, and synthetic materials. They surface feed, which means they loosen fibers and roughen up the area they eat from.
Contact The Pros To Get Rid Of Crickets Fast!
If you have a cricket infestation in your home, the best solution is to call a professional pest control company. Miche Pest Control offers treatment plans for crickets because we know what an issue they can be. Whether you have crickets in your basement or chewing up your clothing, we’re here to help. Our treatments are all EPA-approved, and we always keep your health and safety in mind.
How To Prevent Future Cricket Problems In Your Home
You can implement a few practices in your home to keep crickets from coming inside.
- Prevent moisture buildup
Crickets prefer humid places. By airing out the areas of your home with the most moisture (such as the basement or crawl spaces), you make your home less hospitable to crickets and other pests.
- Make sure doors and windows fit properly
Most of the time, crickets wander inside accidentally. Ensuring that there’s no gap under your door and that all window screens are intact means that crickets are less likely to enter your home.
- Seal cracks in the walls
When crickets are looking for shelter, they’ll find any way inside. And because they’re so small, they can fit through tiny holes and cracks in your walls. Sealing up every possible entrance is essential so crickets cannot come inside your home.
- Keep your yard clear
Overgrown plants, debris, and woodpiles all make excellent homes for crickets. By keeping your yard clear, especially against your home's walls, you ensure crickets and other pests stay away.
By following these steps, you can keep crickets out of your house. The sounds of cricket chirps can again be just another sign of a summer evening, thanks to Miche Pest Control. Call today to schedule an inspection and pest control treatment!
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