House Crickets

What are house crickets?

There are around 900 species of crickets, but only one that can be found commonly invading homes around Delaware and its surrounding states: the house cricket. House crickets can be identified by their yellowish-brown bodies and the three distinguishable bands that go across their heads. Adult house crickets generally grow to be about 7/8th of an inch in length and are known for their incredibly strong hind legs that allow them to jump upwards of three feet!

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Are house crickets dangerous?

The good news is that house crickets are not dangerous to people, meaning they don't bite, sting, or transmit harmful diseases. However, the bad news is that house crickets do pose a threat to fabrics, furniture, and clothing as they feed on these items. Aside from these issues, crickets are mostly considered nuisance pests.

Why do I have a house cricket problem?

Crickets prefer to live outdoors, and usually will not invade homes, they may take advantage of the warmth and shelter that your home provides. To get inside, these occasional invaders often enter homes through cracks or gaps in the external foundation of homes or through the gaps underneath exterior doors to find shelter.

Where are house crickets commonly found?

Despite their name, house crickets actually prefer to live outside. However, they will enter homes and other buildings when the weather outside becomes unfavorable. If crickets invade your home, they will look for warm, moist areas to hide in. Common areas they can be found include basements, crawl spaces, closets, and laundry areas.

How do I get rid of house crickets?

If crickets have invaded your home and are disturbing your sleep and sanity, the best thing you can do is call the caring professionals here at Green Pest Management. We understand the frustrations even a single cricket can carry, and we are in the business of freeing homeowners from the stresses that all pests bring with them. For more information about how our residential pest control services can rid your home of house crickets or to schedule an inspection for your home, give us a call at Green Pest Management. We are happy to help you find a solution. It's what we do best!

How can I prevent house crickets in the future?

Keeping crickets out of your home can be a tricky thing, but there are some steps you can take to help keep them out:

  • Consider checking around the base of your home's exterior foundation for any cracks or gaps crickets could use to get inside.

  • Seal these areas using a high-quality caulk and a caulking gun.

  • In addition, if your doors do not already have door sweeps, consider having them installed.

  • Avoid store-bought pest control methods as they can be dangerous to more than the pests themselves if used improperly. 

As always, if you are dealing with pests in your home, reach out to the professionals here at Green Pest Management for assistance. We'd be happy to help!

 

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