Why do I have crickets in my house?
Do you keep hearing a familiar chirping sound but you can’t seem to locate it? Does it sound like your phone is ringing, but you’re looking right at it? If that sounds like you, you probably have crickets hiding out in your home. You’re most likely to find crickets in your home during the winter months. This is when they like to come indoors. It’s warm, there’s food, and they don’t have to worry about predators. If you can’t find those crickets, a pest control expert from Anteater Exterminating Inc. will.
How do I prevent crickets from getting in?
Much like cockroaches, the best thing you can do is eliminate the reason the cricket came indoors in the first place.
- You want to remove anything that captures moisture outside of the home. Get rid of wood piles, refuse, and mow your lawn. This will help reduce areas of moisture that are particularly attractive to crickets.
- Ventilate your home. Is your basement damp? DO you have a leak in your air duct system that’s causing moisture buildup? Seal-up and air-out these areas. You want them dry and moisture free.
- Seal up the entrances crickets use to get in. Crickets typically get in beneath door gaps and around open windows. Take precautions and put in place items like window screens and tight fitting door jams.
Do crickets cause damage?
Crickets are omnivorous. That means they’ll eat meat and plant matter. Unfortunately, a cricket that’s made its way indoors will also eat fabrics. They will consume clothing, upholstery, curtains, and other items of fabric. This leaves behind holes that aren’t easily patched.
Do crickets cause disease?
Crickets are fairly innocent as far as pests go. They do carry Salmonella and E.coli in their waste products which can be harmful. They do not typically bite though. This makes sickness a bigger concern than injury from the cricket itself.
How fast do crickets reproduce?
If you’ve ever noticed how cheap it is to buy crickets at the pet store, you’ve got an idea. A female cricket lays 100 eggs in her lifetime. This occurs over the course of just 10 – 15 days and a cricket eggs hatch in 13 days. Because crickets have a short lifespan at just two to three months, they can breed very quickly. That can turn a small cricket problem into a large one if it isn’t taken care of in a timely manner.
Do I need cricket control?
If you’ve decided that you have a problematic number of crickets in the home, it’s time for cricket control. Our pest control experts can safely eliminate crickets throughout your home, and help you keep them from returning. If you’ve only found a couple of crickets, you may just have some intruders that haven’t yet started breeding. Just make sure the population doesn’t boom. Cricket control is much cheaper than replacing your entire wardrobe, carpet, reupholstering the furniture, etc. So when you need cricket control, call or contact us.