Your grandma’s molasses is a tasty ingredient in cakes, cookies, and candy, but it can also work as excellent bait for crickets. Mix 3 to 4 tablespoons of molasses in half a bowl or a jar of water. Place this trap in various parts of your house. The sweet scent of molasses is so hypnotizing to crickets it will lure them to jump in and drown. (Sorry, cricket lovers.)
Crickets are easy prey for other animals. Cats and dogs follow their natural instincts and will patrol their territory, including happily clearing your home of crickets. Place a bird feeder in your garden for even more help, as birds will chomp on any cricket in sight. Lizards and even spiders are natural cricket predators, too.
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Summer wouldn’t be summer without the life-affirming sounds of crickets chirping well into the night. But let’s ditch that idyllic scene: Fact is, these raucous insects can infest your home and make life miserable. And once they figure out how to get inside and multiply into an army, getting rid of your unwanted house guests can become a war.
“Additionally, store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house, regularly mow tall grass, and keep trash cans away from the house, as these are all common outdoor cricket harborage sites,” says Fredericks.
Make sure to get food-grade DE, and only use the powder in dry places. If it gets wet, it won’t be effective.
Maintaining the outside of your house is also a good preventive measure. Chelle Hartzer, board-certified entomologist and technical services manager for Orkin, recommends making sure that trees and bushes are neatly trimmed back and that areas near your home are not overwatered.
Both cricket species are attracted to moisture, so Fredericks advises eliminating moisture buildup by ventilating crawl spaces and basements and repairing any leaking pipes or air-conditioning units.
The two most common crickets found inside households are house crickets and camel crickets, according to Fredericks. House crickets have long antennae, six legs, and measure from about three-quarters to seven-eighths of an inch in length. Camel crickets, on the other hand, get their name from their humpbacked appearance and use their long limbs to jump to great heights. Both can drive you absolutely bonkers.
7 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Pesky (and Loud) Crickets This Summer Summer wouldn’t be summer without the life-affirming sounds of crickets chirping well into the night. But let’s ditch that
As you’re dealing with an infestation, it’s important to take steps to prevent one from happening again. It’s worth the effort to button up your home’s exterior by means of caulks, sealants, and patching compounds. But no matter how well sealed and maintained it may be, your home can never be truly impervious to insects like crickets, despite your best efforts. So, it’s equally important to ensure that your home and its immediate surroundings hold as few enticements as possible.
Don’t discount the classic sticky traps and glue boards, but if you’re looking for an easy, low-cost answer, look no further than your kitchen pantry. A jar filled with a 1:10 mixture of molasses and water works remarkably well. Drawn into the jar by the sweet smell, the crickets cannot escape and ultimately drown.
It’s all well and good to drive out the crickets, but for a lasting solution you need to go a step further. After all, once you resume your regular watering, the crickets might return. To prevent that from happening, be sure to use dirt or, in certain situations, expanding foam in order to fill in any crickets nests that you find.
The chirping of crickets in the yard: It’s a familiar hallmark of summer, and for plenty of homeowners it’s a pleasant background noise that lends a sultry, evocative ambience to the evening. For others, the sound holds no charm, and if you’re unlucky enough to have a cricket stationed directly beneath your bedroom window, the chirping can quickly become a nightly nuisance. To get rid of crickets, unfortunately, you have to do more than just stand near the back door and shout, “Quiet!” Crickets don’t heed commands, no matter how desperate or heartfelt. But there are other, more sophisticated tactics to which they respond. Read on to learn how, with persistence and a bit of luck, you can successfully restore the cricket-free peace and quiet you once took for granted (and never will again).
Alternatively, choose a store-bought pesticidal spray. Closely follow the product instructions, of course, and bear in mind that in the home, as in the outdoors, crickets tend to linger where it’s dark and moist. Therefore, concentrate your application of pesticide in likely spots—for example, under the kitchen sink.
Attracted by your home’s welcoming lights, crickets seeking shelter may enter through cracks in the foundation or tiny openings around windows or doors. If it’s too late to prevent access by sealing up the building envelope, at least there are several ways to get rid of crickets that have come inside uninvited.
If you are able to locate a nest, there are at least two ways to proceed. One is to cease watering that portion of your property, denying the crickets the water they need to survive. A somewhat more assertive method is to overwater. In either case, the goal is to force the crickets away from their nesting place.
As you look for the crickets making all that racket, focus on elements that provide cover, as crickets are fond of nesting in dark, moist environments. Check along the perimeter of patios or walkways, for example, or beneath decorative planters. Look, too, under layers of mulch or even in the compost heap.
The first and most difficult step is figuring out where the crickets are in the first place. Your best bet is to follow the sound of chirping. Be forewarned that upon your approach, crickets in or near the nest are going to quiet down, thwarting your efforts. Even so, going by ear helps narrow down the search field.
For some, the sound of chirping crickets summons images of sultry summer nights, while for others the incessant tweeting summons only rage. Got crickets? If so, try these strategies for getting rid of them and keeping them away.