What is a cricket?
House crickets are the most common species of cricket found in the area and are yellowish brown in color and they have three bands going across their head. They have strong large hind legs that they use for jumping, and wings that cover the abdomen of both the male and female. Adults can grow to be between ¾ and 7/8 of an inch in length.
House crickets feed on plants, live insects, dead insects, clothing, and fabrics. House crickets are known for the loud high-pitched sounds that the males create.
Why do I have them?
Crickets generally live outside in dark moist areas, but will enter inside of homes when the weather becomes too cold, hot, or dry. Crickets will enter into homes through cracks in the foundation or underneath of doors. Once inside your home they live and hide in warm moist areas like in basements, crawl spaces, closets, and in laundry areas.
Are they dangerous?
Crickets are not a dangerous pest, they do not bite or sting, but they can be a damaging pest. They will chew large holes in fabrics, furniture, and clothing as they feed upon them.
House crickets are also a nuisance because they create a large amount noise when living in your home; the males make loud chirping sounds by rubbing their front wings together in order to attract females.
Can I do it myself?
Do-it-yourself cricket control is not recommended; it can be difficult to find and treat all the crickets hiding in your home on your own. Also, pesticides that can be bought at big box stores are often ineffective and will end up costing you more in both time and money. They can also be dangerous for you, your family, pets, and plants to be around if they are not mixed, placed or used properly.
Also DIY pest control does not do anything to treat the root of your cricket problem-how and why they are entering into your home.
How soon can you get here?
We are dedicated to making sure that we get help to you as quickly as possible. In most instances, Schendel will respond the same or very next day.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes, our treatment methods are safe for use around people, pets, and plants. We use the least amount of material possible to solve your pest problem whether that is using natural products, baits, mechanical means, or conventional products.
We follow very strict guidelines, and all of our conventional products are EPA registered. Our trained and experienced service technicians will also inform you of any specific safety measures that may need to be taken before treatment begins.
How much does it cost?
We have standard pricing for all of our pest services, based on average size homes under 3500 square feet and where the infestation does not require more than the standard number of services. We will always make you aware of any price changes before we start your service. Sign up for your FREE quote today and see how much you can save with Schendel.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Preventing crickets along with most other pest problems can be very difficult. The best way to stop pest infestations is to have a year-round home pest control plan in place.
Along with professional pest control there are a few things that you can do around your home to stop crickets:
- Reduce areas of moisture around your home by making sure that gutters are working properly and fix any leaky pipes or fixtures in and around your home.
- Store wood piles away from the exterior of your home and make sure to remove piles of debris from your property.
- Seal any cracks or crevices that are found in your home’s foundation or exterior walls.
- Control the humidity levels in your home by using de-humidifiers, especially in basement and laundry areas.
- Keep clutter to a minimum in basement and other storage areas, clutter gives crickets many places to hide and live.