San Tan Valley Homeowner's Complete Cricket Control Guide
September 10, 2021
Crickets are considered a delicacy in some Asian countries, and in Thailand, they are a popular pub food that is served with beer. Because they have nutritional value and are easy to cultivate, some people believe that they will become a worldwide primary food source in the future, but today is not that day. The folks at All Clear Pest Control are not interested in how your crickets taste.
The Cricket Song
The common house cricket is an interesting little bug. The male is the only one that “sings.” This is a mating call that is done by rubbing their front wings together. Some other ways to identify a cricket are:
Light yellowish-brown in color with three stripes on their head.
¾-⅞ inches long.
Have thread like an antenna that is often longer than their body.
Nymphs (youth) look the same but without wings.
Did you know that a cricket’s ears are on its legs? Or did you know that the hotter it is outside, the faster they chirp? They are fascinating little creatures.
The Problems That Come Along With Crickets
Besides the obnoxious singing, there are some other ways crickets cause problems. While they do not pose a health risk to humans or pets, they will damage your San Tan Valley property. They like to feast on your textiles. Their favorites are wool, cotton, silk, and synthetics. Much like a moth or carpet beetle, they will leave holes in your upholstery or favorite wool coat. They will also damage your wallpaper and book bindings, as they are attracted to the starch in the glue.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Crickets
The fastest and certainly the least frustrating way to get rid of crickets is by contacting a pest control company. All Clear Pest Control will be happy to make the crickets go away. We offer free in-home estimates to help us determine which service plan will best accommodate your needs. With over a decade of experience under our belt, we know we can help. The initial service visit is designed to interrupt the life cycles of the pests in your home, from egg larvae to adults. This visit also includes HotSpot treatments for high-traffic pest areas. We understand that everyone is operating on different schedules and have different needs. We are flexible and willing to work with you.
How To Prevent Crickets From Getting Into Your Home
Crickets are attracted to warm moist air, which is why for the most part you will find them in basements or other equally damp areas. They can survive indefinitely inside your house if they choose to, but usually, there is plenty of food outside in the summer months. The winter is when they tend to come indoors for warmth. You can do your part to discourage crickets from entering your home by:
Change outdoor lighting to yellow bug lights. They are highly attracted to normal lighting, sometimes by the thousands
Mow lawns frequently.
Remove most debris that is near the house.
Vacuum carpets and around baseboards to suck up any eggs.
Seal up any cracks or holes in your outer walls or foundation.
Have good ventilation in crawl spaces, attics, and basements.
Use a dehumidifier.
Most of the items on this list are easy to accomplish and doable in one day. We don’t promise that this will completely halt your cricket problem, but it should slow it down. The only way to eliminate the problem is with professional assistance.