What are crickets?
Know for their great hopping ability, crickets are related to grasshoppers and are medium to large insects that mainly live outside in garden areas. In our gardens, they help to control the populations of small insects and feed on weeds, though too many crickets may damage wanted plants.
These insects have large, powerful back legs and long antennae. Males of some species produce the “chirping” sound that these pests are known for. They rub their wings together to attract females. Just because you don’t hear chirping doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem with crickets – not all species make this telltale sound!
Cricket Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are crickets dangerous?
Crickets can bite, but the ones we run into most often don’t have mouthparts strong enough to break our skin, nor do they want to bite us.
Problems that crickets do cause include:
Feeding on and damaging houseplants
Chewing on clothing, blankets, rugs, and upholstered furniture
Moving into homes in large numbers
Chirping that can become maddening
Why do I have a cricket problem?
Self-preservation is one of the biggest reasons that crickets have become a problem for you after they move into your home.
Our homes often provide these creatures with cool, damp areas that help them to survive. When the temperatures outside become too hot and dry or too cold, they will move indoors, seeking better living conditions.
Crickets live outside in yards, wooded areas, and gardens, giving them easy access to homes and other structures. They will move inside through spaces in the foundation, openings around pipes and vents, and spaces around any other object that passes through your home’s exterior walls.
Where will I find crickets?
Basements seem to be the primary target for crickets looking for a home. Cellars provide cool, damp living conditions, food (other insects that are hiding in your basement), and clutter where they can hide. However, crickets will also invade structures without basements. You’ll also find crickets in crawl spaces, under sinks, and inside laundry room or bathroom closets.
How do I get rid of crickets?
Locally owned and family operated, All-Safe Pest & Termite is the best choice to get rid of crickets from your home or business. We offer fast response times and peace of mind knowing that your pest problems will be solved, and they won’t return. Our experienced professionals provide top-quality pest control services using the latest and most effective products to eliminate crickets from Dallas properties. Discover why your neighbors choose All-Safe Pest & Termite for their pest control needs. Give us a call today!
How can I prevent crickets in the future?
Prevent problems with crickets by partnering with All-Safe Pest & Termite and by implementing the following prevention tips:
If your home has a basement, make this area less attractive to crickets by using dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels.
Keep storage areas free of clutter.
Seal up spaces in the foundation, around pipes or other utilities that enter your home, and around basement windows and doors, if you have them.
Repair leaking pipes to reduce moisture.
Make sure that gutters are working to take rainwater away from the outside of your home.
Remove areas of overgrown shrubs, weeds, and tall grass that retain moisture and provide crickets with hiding spots from your property.
Inspect boxes and potted plants that have been outside for crickets before bringing them into your house.