Cricket Identification & Prevention

What are crickets?

Crickets are a type of insect that are 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 they make; males make this sound by rubbing their wings together to attract females.

a cricket on the floor of a home in charlotte north carolina

Are crickets dangerous?

Crickets are not dangerous, but neither are they a pest that you want to have living inside of your home. Crickets are capable of carrying on their bodies disease-causing pathogens that can make people sick, although this is not a big risk.  Crickets want to stay hidden and want nothing to do with you; they are capable of using their biting 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 or on 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 scavaging for food.

Where will I find crickets?

Crickets are omnivores and feed on a variety of 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 Charlotte 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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