cricket on a leaf

What are crickets?

As their appearance will likely tell you, crickets are related to grasshoppers and katydids. Crickets are medium to large-sized insects and are common invaders of our yards, gardens, and homes. They are identified by their rounded heads, long thin antennae, and wings that are bent down at an angle and rest on the sides of their body. Crickets also have a body that appears flattened from the top and a back pair of legs that are larger and stronger than the rest of their legs. Their back legs provide them with excellent jumping ability. Crickets come in a variety of colors, including brown, black, and brown. Most, but not all, crickets can create the chirping sound that these insects are well-known for. To create the sound, males rub their specially adapted front wings together. 

cricket on a blade of grass

Are crickets dangerous?

Crickets certainly aren’t a pest that strikes fear in most people, and are mainly considered nuisance pests. Crickets can enter inside in large numbers, are difficult to get rid of, and their continuous chirping when inside a home can drive anyone mad. When living inside, they can cause some damage. They will chew on and create holes in personal belongings, including clothes, blankets, and rugs. Sometimes crickets also cause damage to potted houseplants.

Why do I have a cricket problem?

Unfortunately, things naturally found in most of our yards attract crickets like tall grasses, bushes, trees, and flower beds. Since crickets tend to live close to homes, they often seek refuge inside them to escape hot, dry weather or cold temperatures. Crickets move inside through spaces they find under basements doors, cracks in the foundation, vents, or areas around wires or other utilities entering into your house. 

Where will I find crickets?

Outside, crickets live in a variety of habitats, including fields, meadows, caves, rock piles, yards, wooded areas, and gardens. Crickets seek moisture and prefer to live in areas of high humidity. If crickets have moved into your home, they will gather in areas that mimic their outdoor environment like basements, crawl spaces, closets, and walls voids. They also sometimes live in the soil of potted plants.

How do I get rid of crickets?

Getting rid of crickets from your yard, home, or business is best left up to a professional. The professionals here at Amco Pest Solutions will provide you with the year-round solutions needed to get rid of crickets and prevent them from returning. Whether you are looking to get rid of a current cricket infestation or avoid future problems with them, our family owned and operated company is here to help.

Our professionals are committed to providing the pest control services needed to help home and business owners keep their properties free of crickets and other common pests. Amco Pest Solutions offers residential pest control and commercial pest control services throughout New Jersey, the five boroughs of New York, and South Florida. Reach out today to learn more about our effective cricket control solutions!

How can I prevent crickets in the future?

To make your property less attractive to crickets, whether you live in New Jersey, New York, or South Florida, use the following, easy to execute, prevention tips:

  • Cut back shrubs, bushes, and weeds from your home’s exterior.
  • Mow your lawn frequently to keep the grass short.
  • Remove piles of wood, grass, leaves, and brush from your property. 
  • Keep crickets from using your home to escape the weather by sealing cracks in the foundation and placing door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Eliminate excess moisture that attracts crickets by using dehumidifiers and air conditioners and repairing leaky pipes. 
  • Crickets are famous for hiding out of sight in clutter. Keep basements and other storage areas in your home free of excess clutter.
 

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