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Crickets are interesting pests because they are perceived very differently depending on where someone is from and the facts they've learned about these insects. Most of the general public see crickets as annoying pests that chirp loudly at night, but some find the sound comforting even though this noise can be loud. Crickets are also seen in cartoons as guides to the conscience. But, regardless of how you feel about crickets, finding them around your Woodlands home is not good news as they can be somewhat dangerous, which is why prevention is important.
 
In order to help you understand how to keep crickets away from your Woodlands home, this guide has all the info you need.

A cricket sitting on a leaf.

What Do Crickets Even Look Like? 

There are a variety of cricket species found throughout the world, but most can create a chirping sound by rubbing their wings together. It's only the males that do this to attract females. 

 

The main species in the area is the house cricket. This species is prevalent throughout the United States, and they are a yellow-brown color with three dark stripes across their heads. They range in size from about half an inch to an inch long. 

What Makes Crickets Dangerous? 

For the most part, people don't associate crickets with danger or destruction, but they can cause some issues. They aren't as dangerous as some other pests, but they can still pose risks. They can spread some diseases if they get into food or come into contact with your skin. Luckily, these illnesses aren't fatal, but they can cause painful sores that are unpleasant to deal with.
 
House crickets can also be destructive. They aren't picky about the things that they chew on. They will gnaw on furniture of all kinds as well as other household items, and they do eat many different food sources. At first, the damage might not seem like a lot, but it can add up as the infestation grows.

Removing Factors That Attract Crickets 

House crickets can be tricky to prevent as this specific species can thrive inside of homes. But, it's still easier to try and prevent crickets in the first place instead of trying to remove them.
 
You can reduce the chances of crickets around your property by removing factors that would attract them. These are some of the measures you can follow:

  • As crickets are attracted to moisture, use dehumidifiers, clean gutters, and fix leaky plumbing.
  • Light can draw crickets in, so minimize outdoor lighting and keep them pointed away from the exterior of the home.
  • Make it as difficult as possible for crickets to find a way indoors by repairing broken screens, sealing up gaps and holes in the walls and foundation, and installing door sweeps and weatherstripping.
  • Get your yard cleaned up and remove leaf piles, woodpiles, and mulch.
  • Reach out to the pest control experts.

Get Help With Crickets Around Your Woodlands Home 

If you have been dealing with crickets in your home already, the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite can help. These crickets can live indoors, and they are so small that they can hide in many hard-to-reach places. It can be a challenge to remove them without assistance, but with our help, cricket control is easy.
 
Get started by giving us a call to learn more.

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