When you hear the sound of crickets chirping under a starry night sky, you know that summer has begun. There’s nothing like listening to their symphony as you sit by the campfire or as you snuggle into your bed at night allowing the night’s cool breeze lull you to sleep. It’s a different feeling entirely when that chirping is inside of your house. Keep reading on how to manage a cricket invasion.
Signs of an Infestation
You’ll know that you have a cricket infestation if you see several crickets in your home. However, you may also hear the males chirping as they are trying to attract a mate. As they are nocturnal, you will typically hear the chirping at night. Other noticeable signs of an infestation are small bite marks along the edges of fabrics such as wool, cotton or silk. You may also see them gathered near trash cans or sitting near electric lights.
Getting Crickets Out
As crickets are attracted to warm, moist areas. In an effort to keep them out of your yard during the warmer months, keep your lawn mowed, well aerated and free of weeds. Keep wood piles from touching your home. Keep outside lighting to give off more of a yellow hue, rather than bright LEDs. When it becomes colder outside, crickets may wander inside your home or out buildings looking for warmth and food. Check around your home for any openings and be sure to seal them. Keep all areas of the home well ventilated as any moisture can attract them. If you do find crickets or their eggs within your home, vacuuming can be a way to get rid of them. Make sure that you throw out the bag afterwards.
Preventing Future Infestations
Although crickets are not harmful to humans, their presence within your home can be disruptive, especially as they can damage clothing, carpets and other fabrics. They will also forage through your garbage and will chirp incessantly, keeping you awake at night. The best way to manage cricket invasions and to prevent future problems is to call a professional pest control service. If you find yourself in the midst of a cricket infestation, contact Premium Termite and Pest Control today.