The Call of a Cricket
Cricket control is one of those things that turns quickly from a honey-do list to a MUST DO NOW
after a night or two of lost sleep. Crickets mean well, with their chirping noise radiating from a male rubbing his hind legs. Their songs are meant to lure female crickets and ward off bullying male crickets. But chirping is also something that can be worse than nails on a chalkboard and louder than rush hour traffic - all while a homeowner is trying to sleep. Crickets like to come out at night but can be heard at all times of the day. Crickets are considered as pets in some cultures or as symbols of luck, but for a spider, they are just lunch. For many humans, however, crickets are simply a nuisance. Preventing crickets from creating a home out of your garden, garage or wherever they seem to be is truly the best pest control method.
You Can Chirp But You Can’t Hide
Once a cricket has made its way inside a home, the idea of a black bug zig-zagging around can start the war between the homeowner and the cricket, but the chirping will certainly seal the deal if it happens to be a misdirected male. Crickets don’t chirp for help but they do chirp to attract female company or ward off males. Consequently, one cricket can definitely lead to more. Finding and eliminating the area where the cricket most likely entered the home is the best way to keep them outdoors. Some of the best ways to keep a home cricket-free include the following:
- Stop their entry point: Fix the holes in window screens, seal the areas around doors and check a home’s foundation for cracks that can be sealed with a concrete patch.
- Clean the garage: The haven of fertilizer, birdseed, flower seeds, bags of potting soil and various piles of ‘stuff’ are excellent burrowing grounds for crickets.
- Recycle: The stack of newspapers or magazines that has been lying around, or the clothes that are in a pile for charity, need to go. Paper and fabrics can provide a food source for crickets, making a homeowner’s junk a cricket supermarket.
A cricket can’t do the same level of damage that a moth is capable of, but it can nibble on silks and wools that will often leave a mark. Storing these items carefully in sealed containers will help prevent any issues.
Outdoor Cricket Control
While the great outdoors is the actual home of crickets, asking them to relocate from a homeowner’s earshot isn’t the easiest option. Some of the best cricket and pest control methods for cricket control and prevention on a property include the following:
- Do your chores. Crickets enjoy the decay of garden vegetation and all the many appetizing leaves spilling out of gutters.
- Clean underneath the rug or rock. Anything that hasn’t been picked up off the ground in a while can be a happy cricket home. Flower pots, landscaping rocks, garbage cans and compost bins are great living arrangement for crickets and should regularly be areas that are cleaned and sprayed with appropriate insecticides.
- Spray for safe keeping. If a homeowner regularly has cricket trouble, keeping up with regular pesticide applications can help to keep eggs from hatching and pests from returning.
When a cricket problem has gotten out of hand around a homeowner’s property, the issue can multiply in ways he or she never imagined. Crickets happen to be the preferred meal source for many other predators including spiders, frogs and lizards. The more the crickets, the more the pests. The more pests, the more trouble a homeowner is facing.
Just When You Thought You Were Finished
Many homeowners are lulled into believing they have taken care of their cricket problem, until one day next summer, an entire symphony of natural musicians has parked it all over their property. The life cycle of crickets involves mating during the summer, laying eggs in the fall and the eggs hatching in the spring/early summer. However, a female cricket can lay up to 2,000 eggs at a time! By carefully cultivating the garden early in the season to expose the delicious, but nearly microscopic, cricket eggs to predators, a homeowner can help to control the cricket population that will invade his or her property. It also helps to re-apply a cricket exterminating pesticide in the spring after a cricket problem has been encountered.