Are you looking for the most effective solution in totally getting rid of crickets inside your house?
Well then, you're in the right place!
In this guide you'll learn:
- What crickets really are?
- The reasons why they're inside your house
- How you can get rid of crickets inside your house
- ...and how to deal with those outside your home
Crickets aren't really harmful to humans. However, their presence inside your home can be really annoying and will cause a handful of other problems.
There's a lot of information to cover, so let's get started!
What Are Crickets?
Crickets are leaping insects which are sometimes mistaken as grasshoppers. These small nocturnal insects are under the order Orthoptera and are distant relatives of grasshoppers.
Crickets are vocal insects which communicate with each other by chirping. They are able to do this by rubbing parts of its top and bottom wings. Two main reasons why crickets chirp are to attract females for mating and to ward off other competing males.
Like most insects, crickets are nocturnal creatures which means they are most active at night and are dormant during the day. There are about 900 known species of crickets and those that are fond of invading residential properties are referred to as house crickets.
Although it was mentioned earlier that crickets are not directly harmful to humans, their presence inside a residential property can still lead to a person suffering from a certain illness. These leaping insects can carry with them viruses and bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella.
Why Are Crickets In My House?
Crickets are considered occasional invaders. This simply means that these leaping insects don't just enter houses whenever they want.
Basically, crickets prefer living outdoors, in nature. Indoors, their survival rate is significantly trimmed down.
So why are crickets in your house in the first place?
At one point, crickets were useful to humans because their behavior, particularly moving into your home uninvited, meant that there was incoming bad weather.
Crickets prefer warm and dry environments. When they sense bad weather approaching, crickets inevitably invade residential properties as they become attracted to household heat sources such as furnaces and water heaters.
Crickets inside your house can dramatically disturb your daily normal life. These vocal and leaping insects can do a lot of damage which can be very frustrating. House crickets can spoil foods, and damage fabrics, paper, and rubber. Field crickets on the other hand can feed on your indoor plants.
How Do I Get Rid of Crickets Inside My House?
There are times that a cricket or two can infiltrate your home even under fine weather. This could be that insects may have just accidentally hopped into your property through various openings such as windows and doors.
In cases like this, a glue board can be more than enough to help get rid of the problem. Simply place the glue board near the source of chirping sounds. To lure the insects, place a pinch of cornmeal at the center of the glue board.
If glue boards and cornmeal are not around, your vacuum cleaner can help put an end to your problem. But you'll need to be sure about the exact location of the cricket/s first. More importantly, you need to confirm the presence of the cricket visually before bringing out your vacuum cleaner.
For heavy infestations, you'll have to do a more serious approach. Go to the nearest home and garden stores and secure pesticides as well as baits specifically intended for insects like crickets.
You'll need to spray pesticides on all entry points of your property. These include windows and doors as well as cracks, holes, and gaps.
Place baits along baseboards as well as inside your garage. You can add a couple of sticky traps to complement the bait approach.
To prevent crickets from invading your house in the future, you need to seal up all cracks and gaps throughout the structure. With the help of a dehumidifier, dry up damp areas of your home especially your garage or your basement if you have one. Keep the surroundings of your house free from grass as well as piles of wood.
The following video will show you more tricks for getting rid of crickets:
How Do I Get Rid of Crickets Outside My House?
Catching and getting rid of crickets inside your house is so much easier compared to eliminating these leaping insects outdoors.
However, you still need to get the job done before crickets can wreak further havoc in your garden and for you to enjoy chirp-less nights once again.
First and foremost, you need to eliminate all possible hiding places of crickets. These include tall grasses, piles of wood and fallen leaves, and mulch. You should also clear your gutters of leaves and plant debris to get rid of nesting places.
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth along plants and known hiding places of crickets in your lawn or garden. Diatomaceous earth is effective in killing insects like crickets but Eco-friendly at the same time.
Spraying insecticides is effective in eliminating crickets. However, the chemicals pose a serious threat on your garden plants and beneficial insects.
Even still, you can come up with an ingenious solution to rid your plants from leaf-eating insects. Simply mix blended garlic, spicy pepper powder, and dish soap with water. Secure the solution in a hand pump sprayer and spritz away.
Conclusions and Final Thoughts
Crickets are annoying and destructive insects both inside and outside your house. Fortunately, there's a handful of tricks that you can employ to eliminate your problem.
However, you need to keep in mind that not all of these solutions are applicable for both indoor and outdoor settings. You also need to take into consideration the safety of children and pets if you are planning to work with pesticides. Ultimately, preventive measures are necessary to lessen the chances of encountering cricket problems in the future.
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