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A cricket or two in the home will rarely cause damage, but high populations can be of concern because of their tendency to chew.
Here’s how to control crickets in the home:
But if you already have a home security system, or prefer not to have them underfoot (caged or not), the rest of this article discusses two common cricket species, how to get them out of the house, and how to keep them out.
In the Walt Disney film Mulan, “Cri-kee” the cricket is considered to be a lucky charm for Mulan’s family. The idea was based on the traditional Chinese custom of keeping crickets in cages in the home for luck. Many Native American tribes also thought that crickets brought good luck, and the belief holds true for many Americans. There are still those who believe that it is bad luck to kill a cricket in the house or harm a cricket at all!
Because crickets are attracted to warmth, they are most likely to be found in kitchens or near sources of heat, such as the furnace or water heater. Once inside, they can burrow into cracks and behind baseboards. There are two different types of crickets to look out for.
If a heavy infestation has developed, some sprays and baits are available through home and garden stores, department stores, etc. Read the labels to select one that is registered for the control of crickets. As a general rule:
Despite those beliefs, the incessant chirping of a cricket in one’s home can quickly become annoying, especially because they only seem to go quiet when the search for them begins. In fact, that was one of the very reasons that the Chinese kept crickets in their homes. The insects acted as a sort of home security system in that they stopped chirping when a person approached—its silence gave an alert that someone was coming.
Like millipedes and centipedes, crickets are considered to be only occasional invaders of homes and other buildings. That is because they prefer to live outdoors and don’t survive well or breed indoors. However, they will enter structures in search of shelter if the weather gets bad or if they just accidentally happen to hop through a door, window, or another opening.
Learn the different ways you can prevent crickets from coming into your home with these simple tips and tricks.