It’s impossible to discuss the subject of household bugs without mentioning our noisy friend, the cricket. Since these insects don’t carry diseases that are harmful to humans (at least none that have been proven), many homeowners and apartment dwellers don’t give them a second thought. But, depending on your situation, crickets can be somewhat harmful. Today, we’re going to explore exactly why.
Crickets will eat almost anything
When it comes to food, crickets are not picky eaters in any sense of the term. They’re omnivorous, which means they’ll eat plant matter and other household bugs and outside insects. Heck, they’ll even eat their own kind if given half a chance. This can be a problem if you have plants either in your home or outside in a garden. They will chew through the leaves and other parts of the plants for sustenance, damaging the vegetation. And while a cricket’s bite (if you were to catch one and it felt threatened, for instance) typically won’t break a person’s skin, they also have a tendency to chew on paper, clothes or whatever else they can get close to.
Crickets make an awful racket
When you’re watching a movie and someone is in the woods, the sound of chirping crickets will be added to the scene. In that context, and even when you’re actually in the woods yourself or simply walking around a neighborhood where they’re common, the sound can be somewhat soothing, in part because it’s so familiar and non-threatening. When a cricket gets inside your house, however, all bets are off. At that point, the relatively harmless insect is the bane of your existence. Its constant chirping will keep you up at night and finding its hiding place is often impossible. Many homeowners can share a story about how some “stupid cricket” was keeping them up all night.
How to deal with crickets in your home
Whether you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep or defending your home’s vegetation, getting rid of crickets is important. The question is, how exactly do you get rid of them? Spraying insecticide around the perimeter of your home is a good start. But if you have pets or small children, keep in mind that these sprays are toxic. If your primary problem is crickets that are getting inside your home, seal up any cracks or gaps that you can find. These problem areas are how crickets and other household bugs are getting inside. Whether you use caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping for sealing will depend on the size of the issue. And, of course, if the cricket problem is getting out of hand, it never hurts to call a professional pest control expert.
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