What are crickets?
Crickets are insects that belong to the order Orthoptera and are related distantly to grasshoppers. They have cylindrical bodies, round heads, and long, threaded antennae. Other physical features that help us to identify these pests include:
- Flat wings that rest along their back.
- Bodies that are dark yellowish or greenish-brown.
- Large back legs that give them the ability to jump.
Are crickets dangerous?
Not all crickets create the chirping sound that they are known to produce, but it can be maddening when those that do make that sound get into your house. Having noisy crickets in your home is stressful and can make you want to pull your hair out!
In addition to the unwanted noise some species create, there are other problems associated with crickets:
- Crickets can bite people.
- Their populations can grow quite large, and they can take over indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Crickets are capable of spreading diseases that make people ill.
- Their feeding habits cause damage to things like flowers, garden plants, clothing, upholstered furniture, and other fabrics.
Why do I have a cricket problem?
Crickets are a common sight in our yards, gardens, and flowerbeds as those places offer these scavengers plenty of food. Crickets are omnivores and feed on many different plants, insects, and seeds. When crickets are living in our yards, it is common for them to move into our Arizona homes as a way to escape the heat and have easy access to water.
Where will I find crickets?
When the weather is suitable, crickets prefer to live outside. Damp, dark soil under mulch, leaf litter, landscaping ties or rocks, and containers like trash cans provide hiding spots for these pests.
After finding their way into our homes, crickets seek cool, damp places like crawl spaces, bathrooms, and wall voids near water pipes. Crickets are nocturnal, meaning they tend to be most active in the evening and during the overnight hours when we are sleeping. During the day, they rest. A cricket’s dark colors and out-of-the-way hiding spots make them a difficult pest to find and eliminate from our Arizona homes.
How do I get rid of crickets?
Crickets are annoying pests that can be noisy and cause damage within our homes. If crickets have found a way into your house, it is best to partner with a professional to remove them. Trust the pros at Quell Pest Control with your pest control needs.
We are a local, family-owned business dedicated to helping people living in the East Valley area of Arizona keep their properties free of unwanted and dangerous pests. Our dedicated professionals, eco-friendly pest control solutions, and targeted treatments will solve the problems you are experiencing with crickets and other pests.
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How can I prevent crickets in the future?
Below are some tips to help you protect your family and property from crickets and other common household invaders.
- Remove harborage sites from your yard. Keep your grass cut short; they like to hide in tall grass. Get rid of piles of grass and leaves from your property.
- Eliminate excess moisture by fixing dripping pipes and air conditioners.
- Ensure common gathering points in your home like crawl spaces, kitchens, and bathrooms are well-ventilated to eliminate the moisture they seek.
- Stop crickets from moving inside by sealing spaces in the foundation, installing door sweeps, and placing screens over vents.
- Lights attract crickets; keep outdoor lights off as much as possible to prevent attracting crickets to your house.