There are two times you never want to hear crickets—after you tell a joke and when you are trying to relax in your Frisco home. Unfortunately, if you are dealing with a cricket infestation, you just might hear their chirping all throughout your home until it drives you mad. What’s more, beyond being obnoxious, crickets can cause other damage to homes and property, as well. It is important to know the best methods for keeping crickets out of your Frisco home. To do this effectively, you need to know what attracts crickets inside of homes in the first place. Furthermore, should your home become overrun with crickets, you need to know the effective cricket control solutions you can count on to get them out.
What Do Crickets Look Like?
Crickets are medium to large insects that are primarily brown, gray, or black in color. They can grow to be several inches long, and they have large, powerful rear legs which allow them to jump quite high. Crickets also have long antennae coming off of their heads. The chirping sound that crickets are known for can only be created by males of some species. They do so by rubbing their wings together in an effort to attract a mate. However, not all species of crickets rely on this method. Therefore, you could have crickets in your home and never hear a peep.
Threats Posed By Cricket Infestations
While outside, crickets frequently reside in gardens or the near vicinity where they help control some pest populations by feeding on smaller insects. However, when they come into our homes, they become pests that are capable of causing damage and ruining our chances of getting any peace and quiet. Some cricket species can bite. However, most are unable to or simply do not want to. With that said, crickets have been known to destroy houseplants as they feed on them. Furthermore, crickets might also eat clothing, blankets, rugs, or upholstered furniture. Finally, crickets frequently invade in large numbers. Therefore, if they are the chirping type, you will certainly know they’ve made their home inside of yours.
Factors That Attract Crickets To Homes
One of the primary reasons that crickets to come into our homes is the weather. When the weather outside becomes too hot, dry, or cold, they will seek refuge inside of homes and other buildings. Once inside, they tend to seek out cool, damp areas such as basements and cellars. However, even homes without a basement can become infested with crickets. You may find them in cabinets, crawlspaces, and storage areas. Furthermore, as they feed on smaller insects, if you are dealing with other pest issues, you could be attracting crickets inside.
Cricket Prevention Techniques
To lower your exposure to cricket infestations, you should try to limit the factors that attract them inside. Furthermore, sealing off potential entry points can also help to keep crickets out. To accomplish these tasks, you should:
Keep basements, crawlspaces, and storage areas free of clutter.
Use dehumidifiers to address any moisture issues in your home.
Fix leaking pipes or fixtures.
Keep gutters free of debris.
Fill in any cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior.
Cover any openings in your home’s exterior such as around vents, pipes, and other utility lines.
Remove any overgrown shrubs from your yard.
Effective Cricket Control For Your Frisco Home
If your Frisco home has become infested with crickets, don’t fret, the pest professionals here at All-Safe Pest & Termite are here to help. Not only will we effectively remove any infestation with which you are currently dealing, but if you opt for one of our ongoing treatment services, we will ensure your home remains pest-free all year long. Don’t let crickets keep you from relaxing in your home. Give us a call today.