What are crickets?
Known for their great hopping ability, crickets are related to grasshoppers and are medium to large insects that mainly live outside in garden areas. In our gardens, they help to control the populations of small insects and feed on weeds, though too many crickets may damage wanted plants.
These insects have large, powerful back legs and long antennae. Males of some species produce the “chirping” sound that these pests are known for. They rub their wings together to attract females. Just because you don’t hear chirping doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem with crickets – not all species make this telltale sound!
Are crickets dangerous?
Not all crickets create the chirping sound that they are known to produce, but it can be maddening when those that do make that sound get into your house. Having noisy crickets in your home is stressful and can make you want to pull your hair out!
In addition to the unwanted noise some species create, there are other problems associated with crickets:
- Crickets can bite people.
- Their populations can grow quite large, and they can take over indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Crickets are capable of spreading diseases that make people ill.
- Their feeding habits cause damage to things like flowers, garden plants, clothing, upholstered furniture, and other fabrics.
Why do I have a cricket problem?
Self-preservation is one of the biggest reasons that crickets have become a problem for you after they move into your home.
Our homes often provide these creatures with cool, damp areas that help them survive. When the temperatures outside become too hot and dry or too cold, they will move indoors, seeking better living conditions.
Crickets live outside in yards, wooded areas, and gardens, giving them easy access to homes and other structures. They will move inside through spaces in the foundation, openings around pipes and vents, and spaces around any other object that passes through your home’s exterior walls.
Where will I find crickets?
When the weather is suitable, crickets prefer to live outside. Damp, dark soil under mulch, leaf litter, landscaping ties or rocks, and containers like trash cans provide hiding spots for these pests.
After finding their way into our homes, crickets seek cool, damp places like crawl spaces, bathrooms, and wall voids near water pipes. Crickets are nocturnal, meaning they tend to be most active in the evening and during the overnight hours when we are sleeping. During the day, they rest. A cricket’s dark colors and out-of-the-way hiding spots make them a difficult pest to find and eliminate from our Arizona homes.
How do I get rid of crickets?
Crickets are annoying pests that can be noisy and cause damage within our homes. If crickets have found a way into your house, it is best to partner with a professional to remove them. Trust the pros at Zona Pest Solutions with your pest control needs.
Locally owned and family-operated, Zona Pest Solutions is the best choice to get rid of crickets from your home or business. We offer fast response times and peace of mind knowing that your pest problems will be solved, and they won’t return. Our experienced professionals provide top-quality pest control services using the latest and most effective products to eliminate crickets from Arizona properties. Discover why your neighbors choose Zona Pest Solutions for their pest control needs. Give us a call today!
How can I prevent crickets in the future?
Below are some tips to help you protect your family and property from crickets and other common household invaders.
- Remove harborage sites from your yard. Keep your grass cut short; they like to hide in tall grass. Get rid of piles of grass and leaves from your property.
- Eliminate excess moisture by fixing dripping pipes and air conditioners.
- Ensure common gathering points in your home like crawl spaces, kitchens, and bathrooms are well-ventilated to eliminate the moisture they seek.
- Stop crickets from moving inside by sealing spaces in the foundation, installing door sweeps, and placing screens over vents.
- Lights attract crickets; keep outdoor lights off as much as possible to prevent attracting crickets to your house.