What are crickets?
Crickets in North Carolina and Virginia are similar to grasshoppers and katydids but can be distinguished by the way they carry their wings folded over their body. Adult males are the chirpers or singers. They do so by rubbing their wings together. Young crickets and females can’t chirp.
Depending on the species, sizes range from 1.25″ to 2″.
Apart from being annoying with their constant chirping, crickets can damage clothes and other materials, textiles or plants and shrubs.
Common types of cricket include:
House crickets • field crickets • tree crickets • ground crickets • camel crickets • Jerusalem crickets • mole crickets
Why do I have crickets?
Generally they are nocturnal and prefer places with limited shelter, or cracks and crevices and will often invade a home whilst seeking moisture. Each species lives in different environments from the lawn, to shrubs and even crawlspaces. As we are experts in our field we can identify the conditions of the areas that are infested with crickets help you understand why you have them.
How to get rid of crickets?
Getting rid of crickets can prove to be tricky as they are elusive and like to live in cracks and crevices making it hard to find them. One of our expert technicians can confirm the presence of crickets during a routine maintenance inspection and treat accordingly.
What can I do in the future to prevent crickets?
The first step is eliminating any potential harborage areas such as:
- Keeping the lawn well moved and eliminate any weeds in plant beds.
- Ground cover should not be allowed to grow next to or up the foundation.
- Leaves and other organic debris should be removed around the structure.
- Move any bricks, lumber or firewood that is stored near the structure.
- Ensure garbage cans are raised up off the ground using concrete pads or bricks.
- Ensure doors are fitting with properly fitted thresholds and weather stripping.
- Any vented areas such as clothes dryer or basement window frames should be screened and caulked.
- Repaid any leaking pipes and reducing any other sources of moisture in or around the structure.
- A vapor barrier and vents installed in crawl spaces will help control them.
- A dehumidifier can help dry out a damp basement.
- Reduce outdoor lighting and use yellow or sodium vapour lighting instead.
Can I get rid of crickets myself?
Homeowners who try and get rid of crickets themselves rarely have much luck. The do-it-yourself treatments which are available simply are not effective. If used incorrectly then can also be hazardous to humans, animals such as pets and plants. A pest control expert such as Four Seasons or HomeTown can eradicate any crickets during one of our routine maintenance inspections.
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