Outside, at night, there is one sound that is hard to ignore because it’s so loud and distinct. The sound of crickets chirping is comforting to some people, but to others, the noise is rather grating and makes going to sleep rather difficult.

There are many crickets species, and despite their differences in appearance, most of them can create some variation of the annoying chirping sound. The most , are the Mormon cricket, Dark Jerusalem cricket, house cricket, and field cricket. Most of these species range in color from grey to brown to black, and they all have a pair of antennae and six legs. Their hind legs are much bigger and thicker than the front ones, and they look similar in body shape to a grasshopper.

Why Are Crickets Such A Problem?

Crickets usually come inside of homes in search of warm, humid environments that provide shelter. Infestations can also start when crickets, meant as food for reptiles and other pets, get loose in the home. Crickets tend to hang around kitchens and fireplaces when indoors, and outside they are commonly found near mulch or woodpiles. They will eat anything from wool and silk to pet food and vegetables.

If just one cricket gets inside your home, the high-pitched, incessant noise could make it difficult to sleep, and while the loss of sleep is a problem, it’s not the biggest worry when it comes to crickets. Many cricket species can cause some property damage by chewing on cloth and fabric items, and they can also ruin plants, gardens, and crops.

However, is that they are known to spread diseases that can hurt people. Thankfully, most of these diseases aren’t fatal, but they often lead to painful sores. Having crickets inside your home can also lead to food contamination.

Five Cricket Prevention Steps

As with most pest problems, the best way to protect your home is to take steps to . Keep in mind that even after taking preventative measures, you could still wind up with crickets, but by following these five steps, you can greatly reduce the risk of an infestation.

  • Focus on sealing up access points by repairing broken screens and sealing up cracks in the walls of your home.
  • Since crickets need a humid environment, use a dehumidifier, and fix any leaky plumbing.
  • Adjust outdoor lighting so it isn’t as bright and so it points away from the walls and entrances to your home.
  • Because excess clutter provides areas for crickets to hide, regularly clean up clutter around your yard and inside your house.
  • Keep your yard clear of leaf piles, water damaged wood, and mulch.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Crickets

Since crickets are more than just a loud, nuisance pest, getting rid of them when they invade your home is important. In order to keep yourself and your family safe from these dangerous pests, the most effective thing to do is to get help from the professionals at Green Home Pest Control. Our technicians all receive weekly training to ensure they can .

Find out more about our , and the surrounding areas by giving us a call at 480-696-5007 or requesting a quote online.

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