How do I recognize them?
Crickets come in several different species. The most common are house and field crickets which are ¾” to 7/8” in length. They are either brown or black in color. Often their telltale chirping is the only sign that they are present. A cousin, the cave or camelback cricket as they are also called, appear to be more like large jumping spiders rather than crickets. They are striped and tend to infest damp environments.
Where did I get crickets from?
House and Field Crickets often invade, but if humidity levels and conditions are right, they may actually breed within the basement or crawlspace. Damp undersides of decks, especially those with leaf debris often harbor these pests.
How to get rid of them?
Ensuring your home is well sealed is the primary form of defense for house crickets and field crickets. Properly sealing door sweeps, screening crawlspace vents and sealing cracks and crevices helps. Camelback crickets are defendant on high humidity levels. Installing an appropriately sized dehumidifier will help to eliminate the conditions required for this and other pests.
What are the effects on me or my home?
Crickets do not damage your home nor do they transmit any diseases. They are merely a nuisance pest. Camelback crickets are often an indicator of elevated humidity levels. These elevated humidity levels can lead to wood decay and other more destructive pests — they do not chirp like their cousins.
How we protect your home or property
Viking uses the most up to date and safest techniques for addressing your concerns. We will remove those pests from your property or any other pests in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, New York, or Delaware. Please contact Viking to set up your valuable free in home consultation today!