Although crickets are essentially harmless, they can quickly become a nuisance if they begin to multiply in your home. While the weather is warm, crickets prefer to live outside feeding on plants and other insects. However, they tend to seek shelter inside houses when the cold arrives, preferring the warmth and moisture of kitchens, basements, and bathrooms. Asides from their problematic chirping noises, crickets will eat almost anything, doing damage to fabrics and clothing, paper, fruits, and vegetables. Because of this, cricket infestations can be costly in the long run if left untreated.
How to Identify Crickets
Common house crickets are usually a yellowish-brown color and grow between 3/4 inch to 1 inch long. Crickets have long antennae (that sometimes even exceed the length of their bodies), two hind wings for flying, and rigid, protective forewings. They can be found under logs, rocks, in long grass and wooded areas, and are typically most active at night. Crickets produce a unique chirping noise that can get very loud when many are grouped together. They find their way into homes through cracks and crevices, loose screens on windows, and when doors or windows are left open.
How to Prevent Crickets in Arizona
The best way to prevent a cricket outbreak is to keep the area by your home clear of their natural habitat. Having long grass, rocks, or other natural debris near your house can attract crickets, where they can slip through cracks and crevices in your foundation, openings around wiring and pipes, or under windows and doors. Crickets are also highly attracted to light at night, so limiting outdoor lighting near your home or thoroughly treating well-lit areas can help keep cricket invaders to a minimum.
If crickets are already inside your home, there are several ways to cut down on the infestation yourself:
- Using dehumidifiers where necessary removes excess moisture from the air and makes the space less appealing to crickets.
- Treating your baseboards and areas around window and door casings, crawlspaces, basements, and garages can prevent more pests from entering your home.
- If you find cracks or gaps in your house’s foundation, sealing them could also be effective in keeping out crickets in the future.
Keep Your Space Cricket-Free with Burns Pest Elimination
Whether it’s in your home or your business, nobody should ever have to deal with a pest infestation. If you live in the Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, or Las Vegas areas, our team of pest control experts at Burns Pest Elimination can help you identify where pests are coming from and how to put a stop to insect invasions. Providing quick response times and reliable Arizona pest control services, our top priority is your satisfaction. Request a free quote and schedule your cricket inspection today!