Crickets are pests that homeowners tend to hear before they see them. While not all crickets make their telltale chirping sound, many do. The sound is created by the males rubbing their rear legs together to attract females. While their sounds can be melodic on a cool summer evening, when crickets are in our homes, the constant chirping quickly wears out its welcome.
Crickets are identified from other insects by their large, powerful hind legs and long thread-like antennae. They have a round head, a yellowish-brown or tan body that looks slightly flattened from top to bottom, and wings that lie flat against their back when at rest.
Crickets are unwanted in our homes because of the damage they cause. Their feeding habits allow them to chew holes in and damage rugs, upholstered furniture, curtains, and other fabrics. They can also spread salmonella and other bacteria that can make people ill. When crickets find their way into pantries and other food storage areas, they will contaminate your food items and pet food.
2. Why do I have a cricket problem?
There are a few common ways that crickets move into our homes and become a problem for homeowners:
– Crickets move inside on their own through openings they discover in our home’s exterior—usually cracks in the foundation, gaps under doors, or basement vents. – We bring them inside intentionally as food for a pet and they escape their holding container. – Crickets get inside by hitchhiking on items that have been left outside, especially items like firewood, storage boxes, plant pots, and furniture.
Whatever way crickets found their way into your home, what matters most is finding and eliminating them as quickly as possible. No one wants to share their home with noisy, destructive crickets!
3. Where will I find crickets?
Some of the most likely places to find crickets living outdoors include anywhere they can find sources of plant matter and decaying insects. Fields, wooded areas, grassy areas, flower beds, rock piles, woodpiles, and gardens are places crickets live successfully.
When crickets move into a house or other structure, they gather in warm, moist areas. Dark spaces behind large appliances, wall voids near heaters, closets, spaces under furniture, and the inside of cardboard storage boxes are where these pests like to hide inside Utah homes.
4. How do I get rid of crickets?
If you live in Northern Utah and are looking to partner with a local professional to guard your home against crickets and other pests, then look no further than the experts at Peak Pest Control. We take pride in knowing the area we serve and developing personal relationships with our customers. Through our effective pest control services in Cache County and the use of products with the highest EPA ratings, we provide our customers with maximum protection against unwanted pests! Call today to learn about our residential pest control program and how it will keep your Utah home free of crickets and other household pests!
5. How can I prevent crickets in the future?
Keep your Ogden area home free of crickets with the help of our professional cricket control services and the following prevention tips:
– Keep your yard’s grass cut short. – Remove piles of grass and leaf piles from your yard. – Create a crushed stone barrier between your home and any soil or mulch. – Make sure kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are well-ventilated. – Seal spaces in the foundation. – Install door sweeps. – Install weather-stripping around windows and doors. – Place screens over vents.
However, even taking these steps is not a sure-fire defense against crickets. While it’s very helpful in preventing them as much as possible, some homeowners are simply unlucky in that where their homes are situated makes it impossible to keep crickets out.