How to get rid of crickets

 Because crickets are globally prevalent insects, they can easily end up in your homes. Since they tend to look for a warmer place to shelter in the winter, they can move into your home. They especially prefer the basement because they are nocturnal animals who love the dark. 

Crickets can be very loud when they're present because males produce chirping sounds by rubbing their wings together as part of a mating ritual.

If they start to breed in your home, they can cause a lot of damage, especially to paper products, carpets, clothes, furniture, and even walls. In addition, crickets can affect crops as they feed on seeds or young plants, destroying an entire field if not controlled in time. Either way, one can easily apply control measures, using safe and practical eradication methods, either natural, organic, or chemical. 

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How to get rid of crickets

1- Eliminate crickets

Catch them with a cricket trap.

It is an effective and straightforward method to bait crickets out of corners and cracks, and you will get results quickly.

- Place a few spoonfuls of molasses in a shallow bowl and fill it halfway with water. Place the bowl in the room where you have the most crickets. Crickets love molasses, and they'll jump into the bowl as soon as they smell it. Empty the bowl from time to time.

- You can buy cricket traps at DIY stores, which should be the basic method of catching them. If you choose this type of bait, make sure that no family members or pets come near it, as the bait is poisonous.

Place the traps

Self-adhesive traps are an effective, non-toxic solution to catching crickets. It is especially recommended if you have small children or pets who might be sensitive to spray insecticides. Arrange the traps along with the areas where you have noticed the most crickets, such as walls, windows, or doors. The closer you place these traps to sources of heat and humidity, the more likely you will be to catch these little critters successfully. 

Buy insecticide spray

Most spray insecticides will get rid of crickets. Get yourself a spray designed to work on all types of insects or a special cricket spray and spray it in corners, along window frames, and in any places where you have noticed crickets. Be careful when using them, as these sprays contain chemicals. 

Get rid of cricket eggs.

Crickets are likely to lay their eggs in your home, and their invasion could quickly get out of hand.

Try vacuuming using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. These are vacuum cleaners with a particular filtering system that will remove the eggs from carpets or any other place where crickets have deposited them. Throw the contents of the bag in the trash, closing it tightly.

Most sprays that work on live crickets will also kill the eggs. So spray some along with the moldings and baseboards since these are the places where crickets usually lay their eggs.

2- Prevent crickets from laying eggs

Seal your house.

The easiest way to prevent a cricket invasion in your home is to prevent them from entering your home by sealing windows and doors. Crickets can squeeze through tiny holes, so be sure to check the area where you think they might come in and build a nest.

- Fill small gaps and cracks in your walls by caulking them with putty.

- You can purchase a strip that you attach to the bottom of your doors to create a seal and prevent crickets from making their way inside through under the doors.

- Make sure you have screens on your air vents. 

Make your trash cans airtight.

The smell of garbage attracts crickets. You will prevent crickets from entering and breeding in your home by putting a tight-fitting lid on your garbage. 

Prune the plants in your garden

Crickets build their nests in tall grass and other plants. Ensure you prune your plants properly and mow your lawn so that they don't have a chance to find a place to build their nests. 

- Make sure that the bushy plants are several feet away from your home because if crickets made their nests there, they would still not have easy access to your home.

- Prune ivy or any other climbing plant.

- Dispose of piles of wood, mulch, and composts away from your home.

- Check your pipes and gutters and remove any leaves and other plant debris that may be there. Crickets often make their nests in such places. 

3- Make your home less attractive to crickets 

Get rid of excessively bright light sources.

Crickets are attracted to light, and if you use strong lights to light your home at night, you probably attract them to your home. 

- You can buy low-consumption insect repellent bulbs at DIY stores. They are specially designed not to attract insects to your home.

- If you are lighting your garden at night, place the lights as far away from your home as possible so as not to attract insects inside.

- Close your shutters at night, so interior lights don't attract crickets.

Allow the crickets' natural predators to multiply.

Lizards and spiders are natural predators of crickets, so if you let them live on your property, you will see the cricket population decrease. 

  • Avoid spraying insecticide on your property, as it will also kill natural predators of crickets.
  • Cats and birds are also natural predators of crickets. So leave your cat outside and consider installing a feeder in your yard. 

Getting rid of crickets in the garden

Getting rid of crickets in the garden is no easy task. The first option, a bit tedious, is a hand pickup. If you are a fisherman, they will make great bait for freshwater fish. There remain the glue traps, but they will cause many other victims, such as some very useful aids in the garden (ladybugs, for example). Avoid insecticides at all costs, which are not very effective and primarily harm locust predators, birds. 

Conclusion :

Crickets are a common garden pest and can be difficult to get rid of. You may want to try one or more of these methods listed below, but remember that the best way to eliminate them is prevention by not attracting them in the first place.

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