Crickets are yellowish-brown in color, with 3 dark bands on an antennaed head. They have 6 legs, are winged, and are usually 3/4 – 7/8” long. Nymph crickets are wingless, but look fairly similar to the adult cricket.
How Do I Know if I Have Crickets?
Check your home for areas crickets tend to go. Crickets typically reside in warm, moist environments within homes (like bathrooms or kitchens). They eat plants, insects, fabric, clothing, and carpet. Clothes with sweat are an element particularly attractive to crickets.
A common sign of a cricket infestation is the chirping noise the male crickets make (this is done when they rub their front wings together). The chirping noise is done at night, because they are nocturnal. Chewed fabric is another sign of a cricket infestation. The chew marks are often quite tiny, but noticeable.
How Do I Get Rid of Crickets?
One way to remove crickets and their eggs is with a household vacuum. The most effective removal procedure would be to reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Mowing the lawn, weeding plant beds, and moving wood piles away from the home is a good practice. Have adequate basement/crawl space ventilation, and consider changing outdoor lights to yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps (these will help deter crickets from your home). Sealing off your home completely is another effective measure to take. Consider small crevices and cracks in door frames and windows.
The most assured way to eradicate a cricket infection is to call the pest control professionals at Perseverance Pest Control. Don’t let a cricket infestation take over your life. Perseverance can help. Call us today!