What are house crickets?
House crickets received their name because they often enter houses where they can survive and be a nuisance for long periods of time. House crickets are yellowish-brown in color and have three distinct, dark cross-bands going across their head. They have a thread-like antenna that is often longer than their body. House crickets are winged. Males rub their forewings together at night to make the unique, loud, high-pitched sounds that house crickets are known for.
Are house crickets dangerous?
House crickets are not known as dangerous pests. They do not pose any significant health risks to people. House crickets do, however, cause damage to personal items that you may have stored in your home. They have the potential to chew holes in curtains, upholstered furniture, clothing, wallpaper, and some smaller-sized houseplants. Additionally, their incessant chirping can become an annoyance to deal with night after night.
Why do I have a house cricket problem?
House crickets move inside to take advantage of the temperature-controlled, warm environment that homes and other buildings offer. House crickets find their way inside through cracks in foundations and exterior walls, through gaps around windows and doors, and through spaces around utilities and vents. These crickets reproduce quickly, meaning a small infestation in your home can quickly turn into a large infestation that is difficult to eliminate.
Where will I find house crickets?
House crickets are nocturnal, and when living outside, they hide underneath stones, woodpiles, landscaping ties, fallen trees, and rotting logs during the day. They emerge at night to scavenge for food sources, such as plants and living or dead insects. House crickets that have made their way inside will be found in warm, damp, dark areas that mimic their outdoor environments. Basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, and in wall voids are common indoor hiding spots for house crickets.
How do I get rid of house crickets?
Partner with a trusted pest control expert to control house crickets. At All Clear Pest Control, we offer family-friendly and eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control services to quickly resolve your Arizona property's house cricket problem. Our trained technicians provide the inspection, treatment, and prevention services needed to eliminate house crickets and to stop their return. To request a free estimate, or learn more about our house cricket control services, reach out to us!
How can I prevent house crickets in the future?
Put into place the following prevention measures to minimize future issues with house crickets:
Seal cracks and crevices in your home's foundation and exterior walls.
Place weather stripping around windows and doors.
Keep delivery and other doors shut when not being used.
Trim tall grasses and overgrown vegetation away from the foundation of your building.
Change white outdoor lighting to less-attractive yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps.
Remove excess piles of debris like woodpiles, rock piles, leaf piles, and grass piles from your property.
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