While Jiminy Cricket is great to see on the silver screen, crickets around your home or business can become a significant nuisance requiring pest control experts to corral. While these bugs don’t pose a direct threat to humans, they can become a problem by damaging young plants, stripping the soil of vital nutrients, or creating an irritating chorus of chirping. To protect your home or business from crickets, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
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What Are Crickets?
Crickets are insects that can live sub-surface in your lawns and gardens or above ground inhabiting local plants. While there are over 900 species of crickets in the world, there are seven primary species that inhabit the northeastern states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Three of the most popular types of crickets in and around home and businesses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware are field crickets, camel crickets (cave crickets), and mole crickets. Exterminators explain the most common indoor cricket is the camel cricket originally from Asia, while the most destructive is the mole cricket, which lives sub-surface in your home or business’ lawn.
How Do I Identify Crickets?
Predominantly active throughout the spring and fall, these critters are best identified by the distinctive chirping sound they make. Spotting and identifying crickets should not be too hard as they breed quickly and in large numbers. Pest control experts recommend looking for insects that resemble smaller grasshoppers with cylindrical and flattened bodies about 3-5 cm long, three eyes, and what appear to be small antennae coming off the front and back of the cricket. Different species in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware will look slightly different, but most have been described to resemble elongated bees or wasps mixed with cockroaches or crayfish.
How Do I Get Crickets?
Crickets are small enough that they can enter your home or business through the tiniest of openings. They like to reside in basements, under sinks, in closets, and crawl spaces. Crickets seek out heat sources, such as areas near furnaces, water heaters, or hot water pipes. After they make their way inside, crickets may burrow into tight spaces, such as baseboards or small cracks and can be difficult to remove. Unfortunately, these pests are attracted to warmer weather and plants. Unless you’re able to control the outside temperatures and want to remove all of your plants, without help from pest control experts, you will be susceptible to an infestation.
What Are The Effects Of Crickets In and Around My Home or Business?
Getting rid of crickets becomes necessary under two main conditions. First, cricket’s diets consist of plants and plant roots, which means they can easily damage and destroy the vegetation around your property. Mole crickets are notorious for rooting through soil stripping it of vital nutrients your plants and grasses need to survive. Second, if they’re able to gain access to your business or home, the constant chirping can be a nuisance to your family or your customers. While they pose no health threat to humans, cricket control is essential to protecting your plants and a higher quality of life.
How Long Do Crickets Live?
The life span of crickets that inhabit New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware is about 8-10 weeks. Exterminators explain adult crickets are capable of surviving without food or water for up to two weeks.
How Do I Prevent Crickets?
While some unsubstantiated home remedies do exist for cricket prevention, seeking the advice of a pest control expert is always best. Home remedies, often, have negative effects on other species, can damage your plants more than the pest, and might be harmful to humans. If you’re trying to figure out how to prevent crickets or how to get rid of crickets in your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware home or business, check with the pest control experts at Viking Pest Control.