House crickets often enter houses where they can survive indefinitely. House crickets are reared in commercial cricket factories and sold in bait and pet stores.
House crickets are nocturnal and usually hide in dark, warm places during the day. Male house crickets chirp and attract females by rubbing a scraper on the inner edge of the left wing against the teeth of a file beneath the right wing. Outside, crickets are attracted to bluish electric lights and can often be seen swarming near them in large numbers. They feed on plants and dead or live insects, including other crickets.
During warm weather, house crickets typically live outdoors and can commonly be found in garbage dumps. With the approach of cold weather they seek shelter indoors, especially in places such as sheds and houses, seeking areas of moisture and fermentation.
When crickets find their way inside homes, they can damage clothing, carpeting and other fabrics including wool, cotton, silk, and synthetics. They can eat through large areas of fabric, and are especially attracted to clothes soiled with perspiration.
(Source: National Pest Management Association, Inc. January 2010.)
Safe Cricket Control
Crickets are the most destructive pest that Bug & Weed Mart deals with on a daily basis – even more destructive than termites believe it or not. Everyone has crickets, but few have termites, so it’s important to remember ways to keep them under control:
- Keep all areas around your home clean and free of build-up of leaves, dead brush, etc.
- Apply granules in a 2-5 foot barrier around your home. Be sure to water them upon the first application.
- Apply spray outside to door-frames, eaves, complete garage, sides of home, etc.
- Apply spray inside all baseboards, closets and every room.
By doing an outside treatment routinely, you will be sure to remove your home of these and all other pests!