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Here’s how to control crickets in the home:
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.
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!
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.
But when using any chemical (spray and bait traps alike), be sure to purchase only those labeled for the insect you want to control and the area it is to be used, then read and follow all label directions.
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.
A cricket or two in the home will rarely cause damage, but high populations can be of concern because of their tendency to chew.
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:
Learn the different ways you can prevent crickets from coming into your home with these simple tips and tricks.
Don’t discount the classic sticky traps and glue boards, but if you’re looking for an easy, low-cost answer, look no further than your kitchen pantry. A jar filled with a 1:10 mixture of molasses and water works remarkably well. Drawn into the jar by the sweet smell, the crickets cannot escape and ultimately drown.
It’s all well and good to drive out the crickets, but for a lasting solution you need to go a step further. After all, once you resume your regular watering, the crickets might return. To prevent that from happening, be sure to use dirt or, in certain situations, expanding foam in order to fill in any crickets nests that you find.
As you look for the crickets making all that racket, focus on elements that provide cover, as crickets are fond of nesting in dark, moist environments. Check along the perimeter of patios or walkways, for example, or beneath decorative planters. Look, too, under layers of mulch or even in the compost heap.
The chirping of crickets in the yard: It’s a familiar hallmark of summer, and for plenty of homeowners it’s a pleasant background noise that lends a sultry, evocative ambience to the evening. For others, the sound holds no charm, and if you’re unlucky enough to have a cricket stationed directly beneath your bedroom window, the chirping can quickly become a nightly nuisance. To get rid of crickets, unfortunately, you have to do more than just stand near the back door and shout, “Quiet!” Crickets don’t heed commands, no matter how desperate or heartfelt. But there are other, more sophisticated tactics to which they respond. Read on to learn how, with persistence and a bit of luck, you can successfully restore the cricket-free peace and quiet you once took for granted (and never will again).
Attracted by your home’s welcoming lights, crickets seeking shelter may enter through cracks in the foundation or tiny openings around windows or doors. If it’s too late to prevent access by sealing up the building envelope, at least there are several ways to get rid of crickets that have come inside uninvited.
Focus on the yard. Mowing the lawn, weeding plant beds, and removing yard debris—in effect, eliminating common hiding places—all go a long way toward discouraging crickets. In addition, take pains to create some breathing space between the house and its landscaping by pruning back shrubs near your foundation. If you keep a stock of firewood, try to store the logs at least 20 feet away from your home. And don’t forget to clear your gutters; they’re a notorious pest harborage.
Alternatively, choose a store-bought pesticidal spray. Closely follow the product instructions, of course, and bear in mind that in the home, as in the outdoors, crickets tend to linger where it’s dark and moist. Therefore, concentrate your application of pesticide in likely spots—for example, under the kitchen sink.
The first and most difficult step is figuring out where the crickets are in the first place. Your best bet is to follow the sound of chirping. Be forewarned that upon your approach, crickets in or near the nest are going to quiet down, thwarting your efforts. Even so, going by ear helps narrow down the search field.
As you’re dealing with an infestation, it’s important to take steps to prevent one from happening again. It’s worth the effort to button up your home’s exterior by means of caulks, sealants, and patching compounds. But no matter how well sealed and maintained it may be, your home can never be truly impervious to insects like crickets, despite your best efforts. So, it’s equally important to ensure that your home and its immediate surroundings hold as few enticements as possible.
For some, the sound of chirping crickets summons images of sultry summer nights, while for others the incessant tweeting summons only rage. Got crickets? If so, try these strategies for getting rid of them and keeping them away.