Crickets and Your Home

Crickets shouldn’t be considered a serious pest; they are more often a nuisance, causing little actual damage to property. Crickets feed on many things. Including dead or decaying insects, plant matter and fungi, They will also eat meat, fruits, and vegetables if accessible. Crickets are very common outdoors, however can make their way into your home through open doors, cracks in foundations, siding and under doors. They rarely reproduce indoors. They enjoy dark damp hiding areas, usually under yard waste, but a damp crawlspace or basement will work too.

Crickets are commonly found in fields, pastures, along roadsides, and in yards. The first step to controlling crickets is to limit areas that crickets can gain access to structures. You do this through exclusion, sanitation, and habitat modification.

Seal Off Openings

Caulk or repair cracks and gaps that are found in the foundation, around doors, and ground-level windows. Make sure to check the space under your doors, screens on windows and doors as well. If your home is not sealed and you do not know the steps to take, a pest control professional should be able to help you out. By denying access into your home, you lower the chance of infestation.

Seal the Trash

Place your exterior garbage can away from the home, and even place it up on blocks, which will eliminate nesting sites near garbage as well. Open trash bins can become a food source quickly.

Keep Vegetation under Control

Keep bushes, weeds, and tall grass cut down around the foundation of your home. This creates undesirable conditions, giving them less of an opportunity to enter your structure. Remove firewood, brush, bricks and logs or any other objects or debris close to your home. Reducing the number of harborage areas will help limit access to your home. Keep your gutters clean and free flowing.

Other Tips

  • Dry out damp areas with a fan or dehumidifier when necessary.
  • Clean up boxes of paper, and other clutter, to minimize hiding places.
  • Reduce outside lighting, to avoid attracting them.
  • When the situation has gotten out of control, contact a Pest Control Specialist.