Is It Dangerous to Have Crickets in My Maricopa Home?
While crickets are not the most dangerous insect to have lurking around your Maricopa home, they do bring with them an annoying noise and a risk of disease or property damage. To help you prevent an infestation, you need to understand household crickets and the risks they bring.
Risks Presented by Crickets
In Maricopa, the most common type of cricket you will encounter is the house cricket. They tend to be light brown or greyish brown and have round heads, a thinner cylindrical body, and long hind legs. Crickets are attracted to moisture and warm areas and are more likely to seek out shelter in your home during the winter months. They typically enjoy darker places and often make themselves at home in your kitchen, basement, or bathrooms.
Cricket infestations can bring several problems into your home, the most notable of which is the obnoxious chirping sounds that crickets make. As nocturnal insects, male crickets will spend all night chirping as part of their mating song. Over time, and with many crickets in your home, this can lead to a long sleepless night.
Crickets' other risks include a chance of disease; crickets are unlikely to bite humans, but their waste can spread both E. coli and salmonella. Plus, ingesting food that has been in contact with cricket waste may cause gastrointestinal upset.
In terms of damages, crickets love to chew on things as they are attracted to the fibrous keratin in your home. You may find chewing damage on your furniture, fabrics, or vegetation around your home, which can only get worse with more crickets invading your property.
Cricket Prevention Tips
While battling an infestation is something better left to the professionals at Green Home Pest Control, there are some steps you can take to prevent crickets from entering your home in the first place.
Crickets seek out moisture, so be sure to deal with leaks inside and outside of your home. Pay close attention to darker areas such as bathrooms, basements, and kitchens, and ensure that all spills are cleaned quickly. You may also want to check that your home has proper ventilation.
Double-check all windows, doors, and weather stripping around your home and seal up any cracks, as these are potential entry points for crickets. Make sure to also repair tears in window and door screens.
Outdoor lighting can be a major attraction for crickets due to its warmth. If you must use outdoor lighting, it is a good idea to invest in amber-colored bug lights or a motion-activated light.
Vacuum around your home frequently to remove any traces of cricket eggs and cricket waste, stopping an infestation from getting started.
Keep your grass cut low and your yard well-maintained to prevent crickets from taking shelter in any covered areas.
Make sure outdoor trash cans have a tight seal on them, as the aroma of trash can attract crickets.
Easy Cricket Removal
If you’re looking for the best solution to keeping crickets out of your home, an ongoing relationship with the professionals at Green Home Pest Control is the way to do it. For over 30 years, we have offered quality service using eco-friendly products. Our experts can treat a cricket infestation and help prevent another one from the beginning, so your home can be comfortable and permanently insect-free.