Sep 29, 2015
Crickets can be a big nuisance if they spend time around your home. They are loud enough to keep you up at night and always seem to hang out by your bedroom window. Now that the cold weather is just around the corner, crickets will be seeking warmer, sheltered places. And if they get inside your home, the nuisance can get even bigger.
Here’s how you can take control of your potential cricket problem before it gets out of hand:
House Cricket 101
House crickets are fairly common in Northern Virginia, and if you’ve seen one, you know they are tough to forget. Adult house crickets are about 3/4 of an inch to an inch in length, light yellowish in color, and can be identified by three dark brown bands across their heads.
Crickets typically live outside — they don’t breed or nest well indoors. However, these occasional invaders will storm nearby homes in large numbers to survive rough winter weather. Since crickets are nocturnal, you likely won’t see them during the day — but they’ll make their presence known as the sun sets with their distinctive chirping sound.
You’ll most likely find crickets nesting near food sources (kitchen) or near sources of heat (furnace, water heater, etc.) Once inside your home, crickets can burrow into cracks in walls and behind baseboards, making them difficult to eliminate once an invasion begins.
Crickets aren’t dangerous, but they can be destructive. They love to feed off of cloth, fabric, and houseplants, which means your clothing, furniture, and philodendrons are at risk of becoming a cricket meal.
How to Get Rid of Crickets in Your House
1. Make Yard Improvements
Crickets like to build their nests in yard vegetation. Eliminate or relocate tall, grass-like plants close to your house, regularly move your lawn, and trim back shrubs and trees. It’s also important to store firewood at a safe distance from your home, as crickets and other destructive pests like termites can use the wood for shelter and then make their way into your home.
2. Remove Bright Lighting
Crickets are attracted to bright lights. Lower exterior bulb wattage, turn off lights when not in use, and close your blinds at night to discourage crickets from entering your home.
3. Disrupt Nesting Areas
The easiest way to avoid crickets in your house is to prevent them from finding entry points in the first place. Be sure to seal crevices around windows and doors as well as cracks exterior walls, especially if they’re low to the ground.
Read more: How to Avoid a Camel Cricket Infestation
4. Encourage Natural Predators
Allow natural predators to take care of your cricket problem. Cats, birds, lizards and spiders are just a few predators that can help keep crickets out of your yard and away from your home.
5. Call Pest Control Professionals
Commercial traps and bug sprays may successfully eliminate crickets. However, most pest removal is best left to a professional.
Call CroppMetcalfe for Cricket Removal Services
Crickets make their indoor homes in hidden or inaccessible places, including wall cavities. Since they are hard to find, DIY cricket remedies don’t always eliminate the problem completely. True cricket removal requires a two-pronged approach — taking care of the crickets inside the property and inspecting for and removing cricket harborage around the home.
The pest control professionals at CroppMetcalfe offer a free estimate and diagnosis of pest problems. After that, we develop a plan for the best course of action to take at your home or business. Our certified pest control professionals have an average of 15 years of experience in the field. We use the industry’s safest materials to eliminate your pest problems and keep them from returning.
Call CroppMetcalfe’s pest control experts at 703-698-8855 or schedule service online today.