Crickets can be one of the most troublesome pests, invading gardens and homes, all while creating their notoriously loud chirping sound. Crickets are notoriously hard to control. Just one female is capable of laying hundreds of eggs, and the resulting crickets can feed on just about anything, including paper, wood, fabric and many kinds of food. Satisfactory control of crickets frequently involves treatment both inside and outside the structure, removal of breeding and feeding sites outdoors and installation of tight-fitting screens and doors. Choosing a good trap is essential for controlling these insects. Satisfactory control of crickets frequently involves treatment both inside and outside the structure, as well as removal of breeding and feeding sites outdoors and use of tight-fitting screens and doors. Any openings to the building near ground level should be properly sealed.
To manage cricket populations:
- Prevent their entry into the house by sealing cracks & openings; use caulking and weather-stripping to fill in all openings, cracks, gaps and holes in the foundation, siding, windows, doors, screens and other possible entry points
- Remove vegetation and debris that could serve as a hiding place or breeding site near the house
- Keep lights off at night as much as possible.
- Reduce food supply, put away pet food and keep kitchen clean
- Remove them from the house by killing or trapping
- Encourage natural predators (cats, lizards, birds, spiders)
If populations are high and you choose to treat with residual sprays, apply after 10:00 p.m. to foundations, baseboards, in closets, under stairways and wherever cricket hiding places are found. Applications made in early summer when crickets are small are more effective than late summer applications. If you use pesticides, select one that is labeled for use on crickets. Always read and follow carefully the instructions on the container label.
The most rapid and effective cricket control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Contact a Pest Management, Inc. expert to discuss extermination options.