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How To Keep Crickets Out Of Your Seabrook Home

August 17, 2021

An insect or creature being small does not mean it is harmless. In fact, most are a detriment to homeowners in Seabrook. Some can create structural damage or wreck your personal belongings. In addition, many scamper around with countless germs that lead to illness. Several can transmit disease directly, or injure you with bites, scratches, or stings. Believe it or not, crickets can also be disastrous.

As a result of popular media, crickets are viewed positively as a symbol of good conscience. In some parts of the world, they are dipped in chocolate and considered a delicacy. However, they are actually a threat and hard to eliminate. They reproduce rather quickly and can get indoors with ease. It’s hard to reach their hiding places too. Learn more about them and what Men In Black Pest Control can do to help with an invasion.

How Do Crickets Behave & What Are The Risks?

Being true to their name, house crickets frequently penetrate domiciles and establishments. Adults in this class are 0.75 to 0.87 of an inch long and yellow-brown. On their heads are two lengthy antennas and three bands in the rear. They also have wings and large hind legs. The young don’t have any wings, and they are much smaller. 

While crickets prefer the outdoors, human dwellings will be targeted if there’s harsh weather or a food shortage. Openings in foundations, windows, and doors, are typical entry points for these bugs. Since moisture and warmth are essential to their survival, expect to see them near basements, kitchens, bathrooms, heaters, and fireplaces.

The presence of crickets implies an overall critter problem because they consume other pests. They will also munch on fruit, vegetables, pet food, and:

  • Upholstery
  • Wool
  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Silk
  • Linens
  • Curtains

You’ll begin to see fecal marks on materials, surfaces, and food that crickets attack or infiltrate. These items will be contaminated, due to the microbes the bugs have in their waste and all over their skin. Diseases and various health complications are indeed associated with these pests, but none are fatal.

When it comes to their bites, it’s uncommon for punctures to occur. Painful sores may surface though. Along with the multiple issues crickets bring about, they can significantly disrupt sleep. Males constantly chirp in the evenings to communicate with females for mating rituals. 

How Can You Prevent Crickets?

Again, crickets are outdoor pests. Thus, they are rampant in yards. You’re bound to find them congregating beneath rocks, logs, and mulch. Organic matter is a part of their diet. Here is what you’ll have to do if you want to discourage them:

  • Seal gaps in windows, doors, and foundations.
  • Have plumbing leaks and other moisture defects fixed as soon as possible. 
  • Regulate interior dampness and warmth with a dehumidifier. 
  • Put covers on all vents that face the outside. 
  • Use canisters with secure lids for food and garbage storage. Don’t forget pet fare. 
  • Mow the grass and trim the greenery regularly. Discard organic debris. 
  • Keep woodpiles, plants, and flowers distanced from the property by two feet. 
  • Examine outdoor furniture, packages, and storage boxes before pulling them indoors. 
  • Install LED bulbs for outside lighting. They garner less heat, and crickets have trouble seeing warm colors, such as yellow and orange. 
  • Call Men In Black Pest Control if you have critters that crickets eat.

What Can Men In Black Pest Control Do About Crickets?

Commercial products for crickets are a dead end. Most of these options are expensive and won’t resolve an infestation. Only individual bugs here and there will die. Not to mention the concerns about toxicity. We at Men In Black Pest Control have industrial-grade pest control options that are safe. Our technicians are skilled and trained. Call us today for pest control in Seabrook!