What do crickets look like?
Crickets are scavenging insects that mainly live outside in gardens and grassy areas but occasionally find a way into our homes. Many people identify the presence of crickets by the chirping sounds many species can produce. To create the sound, males rub their front wings together. But, it is important to know that you could have problems with crickets and not hear any chirping, as not all crickets chirp!
Physical features of an cricket include:
- A rounded head
- Large back legs
- Oval-shaped bodies that are brown, black, green, or yellow
- Antennae that are as long as the body or longer
- Females have a sword-like appendage extending backward from the abdomen to lay eggs with
Are crickets dangerous?
Crickets are not dangerous pests, but we still shouldn’t allow them to live near or in our homes in large numbers. Having large numbers of crickets in your yard will eventually lead to at least some of them finding a way inside. Those crickets that do find a way indoors will chew holes through and damage our belongings. Clothes, upholstered furniture, blankets, rugs, and potted plants are all susceptible to damage from feeding crickets.
Why do I have a cricket problem?
Crickets are small and can squeeze their bodies through the tiniest openings. When the weather becomes too hot and dry, these moisture-loving pests move into homes, searching for better living conditions. Crickets also gravitate to outdoor lighting. After being attracted to your house by exterior lights, they use spaces under doors, open windows, or other cracks or gaps as entry points.
Where will I find crickets?
Crickets are generally most active at night, making finding where they are hiding around your home difficult. Whether living outside in nature or in a human-made structure, crickets prefer to live in dark, damp areas.
Places you will discover crickets include:
- In between rocks
- In gardens and under mulch
- Under logs or landscaping ties
- Under trash cans, recycling bins, and other containers
- In basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and crawlspaces
How do I get rid of crickets?
Get rid of crickets from your Arizona property with the help of Green Home Pest Control. Our eco-minded pest control solutions solve pest problems using products safe for the environment, children, and pets. We know how stressful dealing with crickets and other pests can be, and so we will act fast and work around your schedule to remove them!
If you see an influx of crickets in your yard or find them inside your home, call us today and learn more about our effective cricket control solutions.
How can I prevent crickets in the future?
Use the following prevention tips to avoid problems with crickets:
- Take a close look at foundation walls, sealing any cracks or openings you find.
- Eliminate excess moisture near your home by repairing leaking pipes and raking back mulch, leaves, or other debris from your foundation.
- Tidy up garages, basements, and other storage areas to provide crickets with fewer places to hide in your home.
- Store trash cans and recycling bins up off the ground on pallets.
- Repair leaky pipes and fixtures that could cause moisture issues in or around your house that attract crickets.