Cricket Identification & Prevention

What are crickets?

Crickets are insects related to grasshoppers; like grasshoppers, crickets have two long antennae and large, powerful back legs they use for jumping. Crickets are omnivores and feed on a variety of plant materials and insects during the overnight hours when they are most active. Some crickets are also well known for the “chirping” sound; males make this sound by rubbing their wings together to attract females.

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Are crickets dangerous?

Crickets are not dangerous, but neither are they a pest you want to have living inside your home. Crickets can carry disease-causing pathogens on their bodies that can make people sick, although this is not a significant risk. Crickets want to stay hidden and want nothing to do with you; they can use their mouthparts to bite people, but bites are rare as long as you aren’t handling or provoking them. Crickets living inside homes can damage personal items, chewing on and creating holes in upholstered furniture, rugs, curtains, and clothing, as well as damaging houseplants.

Why do I have a cricket problem?

Crickets are outdoor pests; however, they often live close to buildings in gardens, woodpiles, shrubs, bushes, and grassy areas. Additionally, many species are attracted to light and gather on the ground under street lights, decks, or porches. Crickets move inside homes and other structures when the weather becomes too hot, dry, or during periods of heavy rain; they may also move inside while scavenging for food. While there are ways to help keep crickets out of your home, calling a pest control professional can be beneficial.

Where will I find crickets?

Crickets are omnivores and feed on various plant materials and other insects. They are nocturnal insects, hiding during the day and becoming active at night to forage for food such as plants and other insects. Those crickets that have moved indoors usually seek refuge in places that mimic their outdoor hiding spots, such as basements, crawlspaces, laundry rooms, and under sinks.

How do I get rid of crickets?

If you are looking for pest control in the Greensboro area, turn to the local and experienced pest professionals at Aruza Pest Control. We offer home and business owners the benefits of comprehensive pest control, superior customer service, and the peace of mind that comes with our guaranteed services. Our eco-friendly solutions solve current pest problems and keep them from returning. For home and business owners who want to protect their property from crickets, contact Aruza Pest Control today!

How can I prevent crickets in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent crickets on your property:

  • Remove excess piles of wood, grass, and leaves from your property.

  • Cut shrubs and bushes back away from your home’s exterior.

  • Keep the grass cut short.

  • Maintain garden areas.

  • Keep basements dry by using dehumidifiers.

  • Put door sweeps on exterior doors, especially basement doors.

  • Eliminate entry points into your home by sealing cracks in the foundation and exterior walls.

 

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