Is It Dangerous To Have Crickets In My Queen Creek Home?
June 25, 2021 - Crickets
Whether you're returning home from a wedding at Schnepf Farm or after enjoying the beautiful scenery and spectacular weather at Horseshoe Park, the last thing you want to deal with after a long day is an unexpected guest in your Queen Creek home. Picture this: You finally sit down on the couch, turn the television on, and put your feet up. But then you hear it - the incessant chirp of cricket inside your home. These frightening-looking creatures are harmless, but that doesn't mean they're not a nuisance.
Description Of House Crickets
As may seem obvious, house crickets were named because they can survive in your home for an extended period. They are yellowish-brown in color and have three distinct, dark bands going across their head. A typical house cricket is ⅞ to ¾ inches in length. They have thread-like antennas that are often longer than their body. Males rub their forewings together at night to make the unique, loud, high-pitched sounds that house crickets are known for.
The Destruction & Dangers Of Crickets In Your Queen Creek Home
House crickets can destroy your home because they chew on the wallpaper, plants, carpets, and fabrics. They can also put holes in bedding, favorite outfits, curtains, furniture, ornamental plants, and more. Though they can cause damage to textiles, they likely won't destroy the home itself. They may not eat wood like termites and carpenter ants, but they are quick to take advantage of the holes these pests create within the home. House crickets also do not bite, but they can be harmful in other ways. Their feces can cause rashes, sores, or even flu-like systems if you accidentally ingest harmful bacteria.
Why Crickets Choose Your Home & How To Eliminate The Risk
Crickets gravitate to areas that are high in moisture and filled with food options. If you have thick vegetation around your home, you're likely to have trouble with crickets getting inside. Stagnant vegetation traps moisture protection from the sun and is filled with tasty insects for crickets to feed on.
When crickets begin to dwell in the landscaping near your home, they are more likely to find their way inside through minor entry points or simply through an open door or window. Lastly, house crickets are mainly active at night and are attracted to light. Therefore, exterior lights or even the light shining through your windows will draw them closer to your home.
So, what can Queen Creek property owners do to keep crickets out of their homes?
Consider the following prevention tips:
- Move wood debris or woodpiles away from your exterior walls.
- Keep your lawn mowed.
- Keep lights off at night or consider replacing white lights with insect-resistant yellow light bulbs.
- Seal entry points in your exterior foundation and walls.
- Remove unnecessary vegetation and weeds from your landscaping.
Contact The Professionals At Quell Pest Control
House crickets prefer homes that are high in humidity. When you control the moisture in your home, you can drive these insects back outside. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain the moisture of your home by using dehumidifiers and fans. Pay particular attention to damp areas such as basements, crawlspaces, and attics.
It is best to reach out to a licensed pest control provider for the best control and quick elimination. Our team at Quell Pest Control has the experience and expertise necessary to help you with any pest problem. We will locate the source of the situation by checking the perimeter of your home for possible entry points. Then, our licensed technicians use EPA-approved products and eco-friendly pest control strategies to eliminate these and other structure-infesting pests.
For more information about house crickets or to schedule pest control service for your Queen Creek home, connect with us through our contact page. Our experienced and certified pest control professionals here at Quell Pest Control are standing by to assist you with all of your pest control needs. Reach out to us today, and we will find a solution that works for you.