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cricket controlHow To Control Crickets

The chirping of crickets may seem pleasant for some people at nightfall, but for most people trying to get a decent sleep in, crickets can be an an annoying obstacle to deal with on a nightly basis.  Crickets don’t threaten humans with any kind of harm, but for gardeners, they can present some harm when they find their way to the young flowers and plants you are growing and feed on them. Crickets thrive at night time, when all we would like is some rest so they may be hard to detect. So just how can one eliminate them from the property so they are no longer an issue? The experts here at Solutions Pest and Lawn know just how to address disturbing crickets and carry the best products to eliminate them. Read on to see just how to tackle crickets in and around your home.

Cricket Background Information

Crickets are small to medium-sized insects with mostly cylindrical, somewhat vertically flattened bodies. There are over 900 different species of cricket which often get mistaken for the grasshopper which it resembles in appearance. The difference between the two bugs can be distinguished by observing the wings. While crickets fold their wings against the sides of their bodies, grasshoppers fold theirs in a high tent-like fashion over their bodies. While there is a wide variety of crickets which exist, the ones which most commonly are found in and around the home are field crickets and house crickets.

Crickets can be found under rocks and logs in woodsy areas and on pastures and roadsides. As you may already know, crickets are most active at night, which is when you usually hear them chirping about. This chirping is essentially a mating call conducted by male crickets to attract females. The male cricket noise produces the noise by rubbing his forewings together. The chirp noise differs depending on the species.

Crickets mate late in the summer, and eggs are laid in soil where they remain during the winter months. The eggs then hatch in late spring or early summer.  This is around the time you will see the most field crickets outside the home.  Baby crickets are called nymphs and look identical to fully matured crickets with the only difference being that they are wingless. It takes about 90 days for nymphs to reach adulthood. Crickets will eat just about anything, from other insects to plants.

House crickets have the potential to invade a home in large numbers but are mostly found outside the home. When they have infiltrated a home they are notorious for eating into clothing and other fabrics throughout the house. They are also known to destroy wallpaper and eat on fabrics in furniture, drapes, rugs and carpeting. In agriculture and home gardens, crickets can be destructive by eating crops and seeds.

Tips for Cricket Control

There are several approaches you can take to control crickets. While crickets can easily be control through the use of chemicals, there are some non-chemical methods of controlling and reducing their activity near your home. While crickets are most active at night for mating, they do like to gather around lights. Reducing light outdoors can be a way to manage them around your home as you are eliminating one of their main attractants. Beaming garden or porch lights should be turned off or be kept on for limited times. You could also consider replacing the lights with low pressure sodium vapor lamps or yellow incandescent “buglights,” which are less attractive to insects.

If you have a pet like a cat, they usually like to hunt crickets. Spiders, birds and lizards also target crickets so you should try not to discourage these animals from residing outside your home as they will take care of your cricket problem naturally.

You can also do you part in doing a bit of exclusion work around your home by sealing up gaps and holes where crickets may use to access your home.

Solutions Recommendations For Crickets

Outdoor and Indoor Granule Baits

A good way to tackle the cricket problem outside your home is by laying some granule baits. Solutions carries a variety of granule baits which target crickets. Some of our recommended brands include American Brand Permethrin Granules, Invict X-Press Granules among others.

Sprinkle small amounts around the home creating a 5′-10′ wide band of your selected application. The granules are small and only a little is applied with each sprinkle. The granules will pretty much disappear but rest assured the field crickets will find it. Granules are also designed to tolerate rain and moisture, so these applications are made to last.  

Indoors you can use Niban Granular Bait which can be applied to baseboards, around furniture, window frames, door frames, electric outlets, switch plate covers, wall voids, basements, crawl spaces and other cracks and crevices where crickets love to congregate. Dusts also work well for indoor treatment like D-Fense Dust.

Insecticides for Cricket Control

If your cricket problem is particularly troublesome and the infestation is numerous, breaking out the big guns with a professional grade insecticide is sure to cause a major dent to the cricket population around your home. Solutions has a wide selection of insecticides which provide a quick knockdown and a solid residual. Some of these insecticides include Suspend SC, Cyonara 9.7 Insecticide and Demon Max Insecticide. We also have aerosol sprays which work well against crickets like Cy-Kick Aerosol Insecticide.  Using one of these products to create a barrier outside your home should take care of the cricket problem and any other bug issues you may have since they can kill a wide variety of pesky insects.

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, browse one of your cricket control products below and get advice from us either through our knowledge base, email or over the phone on how to easily apply your selected product. Before long, you will finally get the silence at night that you hope for.

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