What To Do About Crickets In Your Richmond Home
September 15, 2022 - Crickets
Crickets are largely nuisance pests, but with their endless chirping, they can quickly become more than an annoyance for Richmond residents. If you are struggling with a cricket infestation on your property, pest control in Richmond can help. Here's what you need to know about crickets, the problems they cause, how crickets get inside homes, and what you can do to eliminate crickets in Richmond.
How And Why Crickets Chirp
Male crickets chirp to attract females. They do this by rubbing their front wings together. Since crickets are nocturnal, you are most likely to hear crickets chirping at night. If you're noticing more than an occasional cricket chirp around your home, it could be an indication of a cricket infestation on your property.
Crickets In Your Home Can Be More Than Just Annoying
If you've ever experienced a cricket infestation, you know that their chirping goes beyond annoying. However, this obnoxious noise is not the only thing you need to worry about with crickets in your home. While crickets do not spread disease or pose health threats to people or our pets, they can cause other issues in our homes.
When living outside, crickets feed on plants and other insects. However, when they make their home inside their diet shifts to fabrics such as clothing and carpets. This can leave holes and damage your belongings. Additionally, crickets do not survive indoors for very long, and dead crickets have been known to pollute wells and cause an unpleasant odor. If not disposed of, dead crickets can also attract other pests and create further infestations.
How And Why Crickets Find Their Way Into Your Home
When the weather becomes hot and dry, camel crickets are likely to move inside in search of cool, damp environments. They often will gravitate towards basements, utility rooms, crawl spaces, and garages. Likewise, house crickets will enter homes in search of moisture, but they are more likely to move inside as the weather cools.
Like other pests, crickets enter homes through gaps and cracks in the exterior walls and foundation, around doors and windows, or vents and utility entrances.
The Stress-Free Way To Get Rid Of Crickets In Your Home
There are some pest control steps you can take to keep crickets out of your home, including:
- Seal cracks and crevices in exterior walls and foundations; install weather stripping and door sweeps, and replace torn screens.
- Eliminate excess moisture by fixing leaky plumbing, maintaining good drainage, and using dehumidifiers in poorly ventilated areas.
- Reduce harborage areas by removing debris around the outside of your home and reducing indoor clutter.
- Change outdoor lighting to yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps to avoid attracting crickets and other insects.
- Use a vacuum to remove occasional crickets that make it into your home.
These tips are an excellent way to minimize the chances of a cricket infestation, but, if your home is already subject to a large cricket population, they will likely not be enough to eliminate existing crickets.
The most effective and stress-free way to get rid of cricket infestations in your home is with help from Mitchells Pest Control. Our expert cricket control technicians will inspect your home indoors and out to identify issues and entry points. We will provide treatments to eliminate existing infestations and follow-up to keep your home pest-free. Call today to schedule your inspection or ask about our eco-friendly alternative treatments.