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Cricket Identification

What are crickets?

You can usually identify crickets by their large back legs, long antennae, and large rounded head. They are medium to large-sized insects and a yellow or yellowish-brown color. These insects are also well-known for the “chirping” noise, some, but not all, species make. They are omnivores and feed on a variety of plant materials and other insects.

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In our yards, they help rid garden areas of small insects and feed on the seeds of weeds. Crickets also act as food for a variety of predators. However, helpful they may be, they also become problematic and annoying when they take over our yards and homes in large numbers.

Are crickets dangerous?

Crickets are difficult to get rid of, and their chirping can be irritating, but they are not dangerous pests. When inside, they may cause some damage by chewing holes in clothing, blankets, rugs, and more. They also damage potted houseplants. Another problem or danger associated with crickets is their presence draws other predatory insects to your property that feed on crickets. The more insects and arachnids live on your property, the more problems you will have.

Why do I have a cricket problem?

Crickets live happily outside when weather conditions are right, but if the weather becomes too hot and dry, they move inside, seeking a dark, damp environment to live. Things like tall grasses, bushes, flower beds, mulch, and trees in most of our yards are places where crickets feel comfortable and often call home. When crickets live near our homes, it makes it easy for them to find a way inside.

Where will I find crickets?

Crickets typically move inside through spaces they find under basements doors, cracks in the foundation, or vents. After getting inside, they are usually found in the basement or on ground level floors. Naturally humid areas of a house are most susceptible to crickets like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms. They often seek refuge in cluttered areas, storage boxes, and folded blankets or stored clothing.

How do I get rid of crickets?

At BHB Pest Elimination, we offer a variety of pest control options that will meet the unique needs of any New York home or business owner. Our professionals provide long-term pest solutions, getting rid of current problems with pests, and stopping their return. We don’t “control” pests; our commitment to our customers is to eliminate pest problems! If you are dealing with a cricket problem reach out to BHB Pest Elimination today, we would be happy to partner with you and rid them from your property once and for all!

How can I prevent crickets in the future?

Let our professionals help you control crickets through our professional home pest control and commercial pest control services, and with the following cricket prevention tips:

  • Inspect boxes and other containers that have been outside before bringing them inside.
  • Keep storage areas neat and organized.
  • Cut dense shrubbery, tall grasses, and weeds away from the foundation of your home.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep the basement dry.
  • Use vent fans to keep kitchens and bathrooms dry.
  • Seal up cracks in the foundation, install door sweeps under doors, and place covers over vents.
 

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