It seems that everyone has those annoying little crickets producing irritating chirps in the basement. Well, we are here to teach you how to get rid of crickets in your house. First of all, let me answer the question”what are crickets?”. There are over 1000 species of crickets in the world. Many of these species are nocturnal in nature and characterized by a light brown body. Crickets also have antennae which extend from the front of their heads. They are closely related to grasshoppers and have the ability to jump around producing a rhythmic chirping noise.
Also, it is important to note that only the male cricket can create a chirp. Many people wonder why crickets chirp, which is an important question because there are many answers. Crickets have many different songs, but the most common is to attract a mate. After the crickets have finished mating, the male cricket sings one last song to keep away other males. Also, many crickets use sound and vibration to communicate with others.
Crickets are very important to the ecosystem and removing them may cause the attraction of larger pests. Being a food source to spiders, eliminating many insects can also lead to the elimination of other pests. One cool trick with crickets is that their chirping is synchronous to the temperature. You can tell what temperature it is by counting the number of chirps in 15 seconds and adding 37. This will give you an approximation of the outside temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.
How to get rid of a cricket
There are many home remedies to get rid of crickets, but you may not want to invest the time and money into killing a single cricket. The method you are probably looking for involves great hearing. First, locate which room the cricket is in and listen carefully. Ever so slowly, start moving towards the cricket. If he stops chirping, stop and wait for the him to make some noise. Eventually you will be inches away from the cricket and you can squish him or trap him with a cup. Although this technique make take some time to master, it definitely works.
Cricket infestations can be quite difficult to cure. The simplest and most cost effective way to remove crickets from your household is to use some sticky traps. You can make your own with cardboard and duct tape or buy a manufactured one with better glue. The crickets will jump onto this board and get stuck until they die. Since you will likely catch many other insects and maybe even a few spiders, check up on the trap every few days. Place this cricket trap along walls, under a couch, and anywhere you hear cricket chirping. Traps are great at killing crickets simply because the insects love to jump around and will easily fall into the glue bait.
Remember that many insects are attracted to light and heat sources, so avoid crickets on your porch by installing sodium vapor lamps or LED lights. There are many bug lights that will reduce the amount of flying bugs near your house. I recommend purchasing a few LED bulbs since they are extremely efficient, cheap, and don’t attract very many bugs. Some have no reason to go outside, but still find crickets in their home. Simply close the shades at night to avoid any leaking light. Even still, I would replace the lights in your house with LEDs. This is probably the best natural home remedy to get rid of crickets fast!
One can reduce the overall amount of insects near their property by simply having good lawn hygiene. There are many things that attract crickets, but start by keeping your lawn mowed to a considerable length. Crickets are also attracted to moisture, and keeping your grass low will prevent morning dew which is conductive to high moisture. Also, keep bushes and trees trimmed up. Always throw away piles of trash in a trash can and rake up leaves in the fall to keep crickets away.
Crickets usually enter your home through a series of holes found in the side of your house, especially in the basement. Fill in cracks around your house with some caulk or glue to keep out pests. All vents and windows should have a screen netting. This may require more currency and hard work than first thought, but it will effectively keep your house safe from bugs. Seal your home with some weather stripping around doors. Screen patches are easy to install with the help of a friend.
Purchase a dehumidifier if your basement has crickets chirping like crazy. Crickets, like many other insects, love high humidity and require it for growth and reproduction. This moisture problem can be fixed by adding a small dehumidifier and dumping out the water every week. There are many benefits to having a dehumidifier in your basement, but providing a home remedy to cure many pest problems is the best. Since many insects usually congregate in the cold, damp basement, is it usually a good idea to keep this area clean and reduce clutter.
Removing clutter and organizing things helps immensely. Take a weekend and clean up your basement, attic, and tiny crawl spaces. Since these places are dark, they are a prime environment for crickets to live. By cleaning up the space, you are basically reducing the chances of any insect finding a home. Throw away all the trash that is found and use Lysol to disinfect everything. A clean environment without food particles will help eliminate crickets from your kitchen. There are also tons of cricket insecticides and sprays on the market that work amazingly well are killing crickets.
Killing crickets is not for the faint of heart, but can be done easily with a few methods. I recommend vacuuming all the carpets thoroughly before sprinkling diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth can be bought in food-grade versions and is completely safe to humans and pets. However, there microscopic particles called diatoms which will cut and slice up insects like crickets. Sprinkle this powder around windows, in the attic, and in the corners of your basement. You can also sprinkle this near your garden and alongside the walls of your house to create a barrier no cricket will cross. Diatomaceous earth can be purchased from online stores such as Amazon. Always do proper research and read reviews before making a purchasing.
Homemade cricket trap
Fishermen usually use cricket as bait for fish. This creates a wonderful opportunity to catch crickets and use them as fishing bait. Use this homemade cricket trap to efficiently trap these insects. The simplest homemade cricket trap involves digging a hole. Start by digging a hole in a suitable area about 3 inches across and a foot and a half deep. Make the sides steep enough so the crickets can’t jump out. Take a piece of bread and lay it inside the hole, covering it with a paper towel or blanked. Crickets will crawl under the towel looking for a home and see the bread as bait. After jumping into the hole to grab a bite, the cricket will become trapped and left unable to escape.
Molasses is known for it’s thick consistency and sweet smell. Little did you know that this can be used to trap crickets. Simply fill a bowl with a few tablespoons of molasses with a couple cups of water and place near a cricket infestation. The insects will get a whiff of the sweet smell and jump directly into the bowl like trained circus animals. After a few bugs have collected in the bowl, wash it out and repeat until your cricket problem is cured.
How long do crickets live?
The life of a field cricket is around 90 days. In prime conditions, they may live longer, sometimes even up to 6 months. Many crickets have adapted the ability to survive amazingly low temperatures and will move to adjust their habitat. For most crickets, if they cannot find a place to live by the onset of winter, they will die.
Mole crickets have a very long lifespan and can live up to a year. Mole crickets hibernate during the winter in the ground and only the adults will survive. Common house crickets, however, do not live very long: generally two to three months. During this time, usually at the prime of the summer, they will start looking for a place to live in your basement or attic.
Do crickets have wings?
Depending on the species, many crickets have wings and some can even fly! The species bought at pet stores sold as food for snakes and lizards only have the ability to jump. However, some species have the ability to glide through the air and fly occasionally. If you happen to catch a field cricket and throw it, it may open up its wings and fly for a short period. This also answers the question, “Why do crickets have wings?”.
Do crickets bite?
Many people are afraid of crickets because they think they can bite. Several cricket species outside of North America can actually bite and cause stinging pain. Even though it is very rare, crickets can bite humans. Note that crickets are omnivorous, meaning they eat “meat” and “leaves”. Since they have two jaws, they can chew through cardboard and clothing pretty easily. The good news is that crickets are not aggressive and will not bite unless provoked. Even when crickets do bite, their jaws are not powerful enough to pinch and break the skin enough to draw blood. Cricket bites do not contain any venom, and do not have the ability to transmit any disease. This said, if you are bit by a cricket, pay close attention and use good medical practices when addressing the bite.