House crickets get their common because they often enter houses. Once inside, they can survive indefinitely. This cricket species was introduced from Europe and is now found throughout the United States but primarily east of the Rocky Mountains.
Interestingly, they are known for their loud chirping which is caused when males rub their front wings together to attract females. Because of how loud crickets can be, you do not want to have them in your home. Let Ready Pest Control handle your cricket control needs and get rid of these critters for good. Call today to learn more about how our team of dedicated exterminators can help you.
Adult house crickets are light yellowish brown in color with three dark crossbands on their head. They are about 3/4 – 7/8 inch in length and have a threadlike antennae that is often longer than its body, and wings that lie flat on its back. Nymphs are wingless but otherwise look similar to adults.
The most obvious sign of a house cricket infestation is the presence of crickets in your home. They are drawn to warm, moist environments within structures. Another sign of a cricket infestation is the chirping noise the male house crickets often make, which is done when they rub their front wings together. This “calling song” serves to attract females and, since they are nocturnal, often occurs at night. If you hear this chirping, it could be a sign of a house cricket infestation. Chewed fabric is also a sign of a house cricket infestation. Mandible marks along chewed edges are often visible with magnification. These marks are much less than 1 mm wide. Nobody wants their furniture to get destroyed by invasive bugs. Ready Pest Control can help you remove crickets from your home today.
Outside, house crickets feed on plants and dead or live insects, including other crickets. Indoors, they can feast on fabric, including clothing and carpet. Wool, cotton, silk and synthetic fabrics as well as clothes soiled with perspiration are especially attractive to house crickets.
Removal of crickets and their eggs with a vacuum works well in getting rid of house crickets. The most effective way to get rid of crickets and prevent future infestations is to reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Mow the lawn, weed plant beds and move woodpiles away from the structure. Provide adequate ventilation in crawl spaces, basements, etc. Consider changing outdoor lighting to less-attractive yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps. It is also important to seal possible points of entry for house crickets around the house, including window and door frames and holes in masonry. While you can try these methods yourself, it can be much more effecient and thorough to enlist the help of a seasoned exterminator to help with cricket control. Our team utilizes the most effective removal practices that are safe for the inside of your house and loved ones.
At Ready Pest Control, we understand how frustrating it can be to have crickets in your home. Bugs can be beautiful, but they do not belong inside. Let us help you remove critters from your property as quickly and safely as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Ready Pest Control.