How to Get Rid of Crickets

How to Get Rid of Crickets

Crickets are small, light to brown insects that look like their relative, the grasshoppers. They are serious lawn pests in the South, living in the ground during the day, tunneling beneath the turf, and eating roots. 

They cause the grass to wilt and turn brown and come out at night to eat above-ground plant parts. 

 

How to Get Rid of Crickets

Depending on the type of cricket, some may invade your home looking for food in fall or during periods of heavy rainfalls and inclement weather. They hide in the dark, warm locations, such as behind baseboards and basements and crawl spaces. 

You may hear chirping, which is a male cricket rubbing its forewings together. 

Field crickets will not reproduce in your house, but house crickets will. 

They can be a nuisance to homeowners by chewing on fabrics and paper around the house. If there are a lot of them, you may notice dried excrement that looks like coffee grounds on flat surfaces, such as windowsills and floors. 

What Do House Crickets Eat?

Outside, house crickets feed on plants and dead or live insects, including other crickets. Indoors, they feast on fabric, including clothing and carpet. Other fabrics such as wool, cotton, silk, and synthetic fabrics stained with sweat are especially attractive to house crickets. 

House crickets don’t pose a health risk to humans but can cause property damage, specifically clothing, carpets, and areas covered in fabric. They typically surface to feed and will leave the area roughened from pulling the fibers loose while eating. 

In the case of an infestation, large areas of fabric may be eaten out. It’s important to get rid of crickets as soon as possible. 

What Is Their Habitat?

During warm weather, house crickets typically live outside and are especially attracted to garbage dumps. They also like to gather around electric lights in larger numbers, sometimes by the thousands, and rest on vertical surfaces such as light poles and house walls. 

However, when cold weather approaches, they seek shelter in houses and sheds because of the moist and warm environment they provide. House crickets are active at night and usually hide in the dark, warm places during the day. 

What Do House Crickets Look Like?

Although house crickets can be found in your yard, they differ from field crickets in behavior, diet, and appearance. Field crickets are dark brown to black and are often found in gardens since they feed on vegetation and crops. 

House crickets, on the other hand, are:

  • Light yellowish-brown in color with three dark crossbands on their head.
  • Smaller than field crickets, between about ¾ to ⅞ inch in length
  • They have threadlike antennae often longer than the body, and their wings lie flat, which resembles cockroaches
  • Like all crickets, they have long back legs that give them plenty of jumping power. 

Signs of a House Cricket Infestation

Just one cricket in your house is no cause for alarm; however, a pest control problem arises when house crickets move in and breed. Some signs that there may be a cricket infestation in your home:

  • You’ve spotted multiple crickets in your house
  • You hear dozens of crickets at night, loud enough to tell they are indoors
  • Rugs and carpets have roughened areas and loose fibers
  • Clothing kept in a warm or damp environment shows large holes.
  • Upholstered furniture looks chewed along the edges. 

How to Get Rid of House Crickets

To keep crickets from entering the house, seal up any cracks or gaps around the perimeter and keep debris, such as firewood, mulch, and piles of leaves, away from the foundation. You can keep them from entering the house with a home defense insect killer spray foam or a product that you sprinkle around the perimeter of your house. 

You can also set up bait traps, following package instructions carefully. Investigate dark areas that provide cover, as crickets are fond of nesting in dark, moist environments. 

Other places to check are behind appliances, under sinks and cabinets, and underneath furniture. If you have a basement, crickets could be hanging out anywhere. 

Use a vacuum in any area where you suspect crickets because you can clean up their tiny eggs, which is crucial to preventing a more serious problem. 

Lastly, reduce areas of moisture in and around your house. 

Repair leaky faucets and appliances that use water. Ensure there’s ample ventilation in a crawl space and the basement. 

Rid-A-Bug Exterminating

The most effective way to get rid of house crickets is to consult with a professional pest control service. Rid-A-Bug’s trained technicians will protect your home and family against pests. 

We are readily available to service your home quickly and have more than 45 years of experience treating pests including termites, bed bugs, crickets, and many more. 

Contact us today to discuss the next steps you should take to remove house crickets.

Have other concerns about summertime pests? Read our article, 7 Common Summer Pests and What to Do About Them.