Reduce the Moisture
When removing crickets from your home it could be a simple as vacuuming. But the most effective way to get rid of them and to prevent future infestations is to reduce the moisture in and around your home. Keep lawn mowed, remove weeds from plant beds and move any woodpiles. In crawl spaces and basements its a good idea to allow enough ventilation and change outdoor lightning to yellow bulbs. Crickets usually come into your home thru door frames and window so make sure these areas are sealed.
What do they eat?
Outside, house crickets feed on plants and dead or live insects, including other crickets. Indoors, they can feast on fabric, including clothing and carpet. Wool, cotton, silk and synthetic fabrics as well as sweaty clothes. So it is common to find crickets in or around laundry baskets.
Where do they live?
During warm weather, house crickets typically live outdoors and love garbage dumps. They are often attracted to electric lights in larger numbers, sometimes by the thousands, and rest on vertical surfaces such as light poles and house walls. However, when cold weather approaches, they seek shelter in houses and sheds because of the moisture and warmth they provide.
Can Crickets be Harmful to Our Health?
House crickets don’t post a health risk to humans, but can cause damage to property, specifically clothing, carpets and areas covered in fabric. Favorite fabrics include wool, cotton, silk and synthetics. As house crickets typically surface feed, they leave the area roughened from pulling the fibers loose while eating. In the case of a heavy infestation, large areas of fabric may be eaten out. This is why it’s important to get rid of crickets as soon as possible.
Swift Pest Control Services can help with all types of pests. We offer a Quarterly Preventative Pest Treatment that will help eliminate pests including Crickets from in and around your home.