The chirping of crickets can be a pleasant sound, but these insects can become a nuisance, especially if they take residence in your home. Between their constant racket, the possibility of carrying multiple diseases, and their ability to jump up to 3 feet, crickets are hardly welcomed guests. Climate changes and lack of food and water in their outdoor habitat force crickets indoors. While they aren’t the most dangerous pests, some species, if given a chance, will snack on paper, wood, and a variety of fabrics. Therefore, it is essential to keep crickets outside your house. Worry not!
Below are three clever ways to banish the bugs for good.
1. Use indoor treatments for crickets: Add a few teaspoons of molasses to a shallow dish, then fill the bowl halfway with water to create a natural insect bait. Put the dish in a place where there are a lot of crickets. The delicious smell will draw the crickets, who will then leap into the bowl and drown. Spray insect repellent in the corners of rooms and around window sills. Before letting children or pets into the areas, ensure the spray has had enough time to dry.
Place sticky cricket traps in places where they might hide, such as basements or kitchens.
2. Apply cricket-controlling lawn treatments: Lawns are particularly susceptible to damage from mole crickets. Keep an eye out for signs of mole cricket infestations, such as cricket mounds or tunnels, dead grass patches, or parts of the lawn that feel squishy underfoot. Check for mole cricket larvae in the early evening of spring. A 2-foot square of grass should be covered with a solution of 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent and 1 gallon of water. If there are young mole crickets, they will emerge within a few minutes. Early in the spring, nematodes can be sprayed on the lawn; they will eat the young crickets and lower the number before females produce eggs.
3. Apply insecticides to outdoor areas: Crickets discover ways to enter the house from the outside. You should block them as your initial line of defense. Here are several outside remedies to eliminate crickets before entering your home. Spray outside around pipes, vents to the outside, basements, garages, and around doors. Put baits and traps for crickets near outdoor storage structures, wood piles, and composting places.
Follow these instructions to get rid of cricket remnants around your house and stop them from returning.
- Vacuum your carpets and rugs thoroughly to get rid of any potential cricket eggs. Place the sealable bag and filters in a plastic bag, seal it, and throw it away outside.
- Windows and door seals should be repaired and improved. Window frames should be caulked, and patio and external doors’ weather stripping should be installed or replaced.
- Restore any rips in screen doors and window panes.
- Make sure garbage cans are tidy and that they close securely. Garbage smells are a crickets’ favorite food.
- Compost, wood, and mulch piles should be kept a minimum of 20 feet away from the house.
- Keep the grass on the lawn short.
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You can get rid of crickets for Northern Nevada Residents by following the above-mentioned ways. However, if the pest infestation is severe, you can consider hiring a professional pest control company in Reno. At Reno Pest Control Pros, we provide effective and affordable pest control services. We effectively eradicate all pests, including bed bugs, ants, mosquitoes, termites, and more. Our clients choose us because we offer the fastest and best pest control in the Reno area and Washoe County. We use the best, safest, and most eco-friendly pesticides. For more information, call (775) 305-3785 or fill out the contact form.