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When inspecting your home exterior, look for entry points that crickets can use to get inside your home. Crickets can jump up to 3 feet high, so they can use features like vents to gain access inside. Also note any damaged or missing window screens. Indoors, you’ll be looking for crickets themselves and any eggs. Male crickets will chirp and attract nearby female crickets. If both meet indoors, the female cricket is likely to lay eggs where she thinks they’ll be safe. You can check behind and under large appliances that generate heat. Look underneath plumbing and behind electrical plates. Crickets will eat cotton, silk, and other fabrics, so check closets where fabrics may be stored, and examine furniture for chew marks. Finally, look in less frequented parts of your home, like your attic or basement for spots hidden away in tight spaces.
Common crickets can vary in size depending on species, so they can range from .12 inches to 2 inches in length. Their bodies are typically flat and elongated, and can range in color from yellowish-brown to tan to dark brown. The hind legs are significantly larger and are used for jumping. If you’re having trouble seeing past tight spaces, try waiting until nightfall and listen for chirping sounds coming from inside.
Once you’ve treated your perimeter, start your indoor treatment with Pyrid. Pyrid is an insecticide aerosol that delivers a quick knockdown, but offers no residual. Use this to flush out clusters of pests you may have found. To apply Pyrid in broad areas like around windows, make sure the white applicator is attached, shake the can well, and spray in swift, sweeping motions. To apply Pyrid in tight cracks and crevices, use the provided red applicator tip. Simply remove the white applicator, replace it with the red, and make sure the straw is affixed in the spout. Shake the can well, spray, and move the applicator swiftly along the length of the crevice. Keep people away from treated areas until dry and vapors have dispersed.
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Round out your treatment with D-Fense Dust. D-Fense Dust is a ready-to-use insecticidal dust that’s perfect for hard to reach areas. If left undisturbed, this dust can last up to 8 months.
Begin treatment with Reclaim IT. Reclaim IT is a liquid repellent insecticide concentrate that’s labeled to control over 70 different pests and offers a residual of up to 90 days. With a pump sprayer, create a barrier around the structure of your home by spraying 3 feet up the structure and 3 feet out. Next, spray areas around windows, doors, eaves, air vents, plumbing, garage doors, light fixtures, basement or crawl space openings, and any other openings you may have found.
You can stop crickets from entering your home by keeping up with pesticide treatments and addressing the entry points you found during your inspection. Be sure to apply Reclaim IT every 90 days for guaranteed control.
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Make sure to get food-grade DE, and only use the powder in dry places. If it gets wet, it won’t be effective.
These common pests are recognized for their loud chirping, but that’s not the only threat they pose once they get inside the house. “They can cause property damage, specifically to clothing, carpets, and other areas covered in fabric,” says Jim Fredericks, PhD, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a fancy-schmancy scientific name for a white powder that is created from the skeletons of algae. When insects come in contact with DE, they become dehydrated and eventually die. Found in home improvement or garden stores, DE is safe to use around people and pets and can be sprinkled indoors and outdoors in crevices where there’s a cricket problem.
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.
Crickets are also inclined to feast on young plants or flowers. To prevent them from chowing down, experts suggest planting nitrogen-fixing plants, which draw nitrogen gas from the air and store it in their roots. These include peas, beans, and legumes. Planting garlic, clover, cilantro, sweet potatoes, and sweet peas in your garden can also irritate crickets and drive the bugs out.
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.
Prevention is key. Keeping your home clear of crickets starts with blocking all entry points. Hartzer says it’s especially important to seal the gaps between the bottom of doors and the floor. “Don’t forget garages, too! Once crickets get into a garage, that often allows them further access to get in the house,” says Hartzer.
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.)
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