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How to Get Rid of Crickets Naturally 

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Crickets are most famous for the sound of their chirping. They are nocturnal animals and start causing a racket when it is time for most people to go to bed. You can hear crickets chirping if you walk around the block late at night when there is little or no traffic. They are also quite active at dawn. Some people actually like the sound of crickets chirping as they relate it to rhythmic musical sounds coming at predictable intervals. Most people just want to get a gun and shoot the noisemakers.

Crickets are enjoyed as food in many cultures around the world. They are crunchy and nutty to taste. It’s not for everyone and most people would cringe at the thought of eating bugs for dinner but they are incredibly nutritious. Crickets can have about 11 grams of protein in a 28 gram bag, compared to 7 grams from 28 grams of ground beef.  

The United Nation also encourages eating insects as a way to reduce carbon emissions from livestock and cattle. The best part is crickets breed fast enough and are a sustainable source of proteins. About ¼ of the world's population enjoys insects as food in some way or another. Have you heard about cricket with sushi and rice? Maybe the next time you go on a vacation abroad you can have a taste. You might be able to find it them Chinatown.

Types of crickets and habits

Crickets come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Some types of crickets include house crickets, mole crickets, camel crickets, ground crickets and field crickets. The fact that they can breed fast, makes them a sustainable source of food for humans but the same reason makes them a menace in urban societies.

Crickets are omnivores and nocturnal hunters. They usually eat other insects but do not hesitate to destroy crops and vegetables. If one makes it inside the house it can wreak havoc in the fridge and pantry. Cricket activity can be detected by the obvious chirping coming from inside the house. Also, crickets defecate all over the place and that takes extra effort in the morning to clean. They also ruin fabrics around the house. These include furniture upholstery, carpets, rugs and curtains. They have this annoying habit of spoiling bed sheets as well.

If the problem is left unnoticed, crickets can start to breed and lay their eggs everywhere. They look for warm moist places to lay their eggs. Sweat stains in laundry shirts serve as a perfect place to lay their eggs. Small, white eggs and nymphs can be located in your clothes soon enough.

A cricket infestation involves the regular entertainment of many of them hopping around the house and jumping at you when you open the closet. This can be a health hazard for the members of your family. Before you reach for the phone to call the exterminator, here are some natural ways in which you can get rid of crickets by yourself:

Let your pets deal with them

Having a cat or a little puppy pays off when it comes to dealing with crickets. The activity provides them something to keep busy and hours of fun. Animals are better at smelling and detecting an infestation before humans have a chance to catch on. Humans rely more on their vision, whereas domesticated animals rely more on their instincts.

Let your pet take care of the cricket problem every once in awhile. The beauty of it all is that you don’t have to make an effort. The presence of a larger animal is a natural deterrent for many small insects to keep a safe distance and leave the premises.

Go natural with pepper spray

Insecticides are available at all supermarkets but a more natural alternative is pepper spray. A mace or pepper spray is a powerful tool against predators and little insects such as crickets. Pepper spray and other types of spices are extremely lethal for crickets as it gets in their eyes and confuses them. However, this comes with a word of caution: do not accidentally spray yourself or your pets.

The molasses-water trick

This natural remedy is used to make your garden smell earthier after it rains. The same concoction can be used to drive away crickets. Take some molasses and mix it with water in a large bowl till it starts to produce a sweet “after rain smell.” Place the solution in different corners around the house. Then it’s just a matter of time. You will soon notice crickets floating in the water, belly up and dead.

Get them out of their comfort zone

Crickets thrive in warm areas with a lot of moistures. By using a dehumidifier or heat pumps you can reduce the humidity in the room and make it difficult for crickets to survive. If there is a central heating cooling unit in place, you can adjust the thermostat settings to reduce humidity. Installing additional vents can also get the job done but it might seem like an unnecessary expense. Once the word is out, crickets will generally steer clear of your house.

When all else fails

If nothing seems to work for you, try using a vacuum cleaner to get rid of these bugs. Otherwise, you will be hearing more and more of them chirping every night when you go to bed.

Checkout some of our online cricket control recommendations when you need a more IPM approach.

 

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