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Four Cricket Prevention Tips For New Castle Property Owners

July 31, 2020

 

When people gear up for pest prevention, they often concentrate on critters like termites, roaches, and rats. This is justifiable because these insects and creatures can severely damage property and/or transmit disease. New Castle home and business owners usually give no thought to controlling specimens such as carpet beetles, silverfish, or ants. These kinds of bugs are considered harmless and easy to kill. Therefore, they’re put on the backburner when control plans are made. Yet, underestimating them is unwise, as they can cause plenty of trouble. The same goes for crickets.

Crickets are jumping insects that can be a headache in a couple of different ways. For instance, they’re challenging to get rid of because of their deep hiding spots and fast reproduction. It’s best to work on averting them in the first place. If you follow these four tips, you should be cricket-free. If you still have a problem, Moyer Pest Control can save the day.

a cricket crawling on a wooden floor

#1 Be Proactive About Structural Maintenance

Crickets are outdoor critters, but it’s not a stretch of the imagination that they’ll end up inside your property. One reason is that they’re close by on your land; especially under logs and rocks. If weather conditions get too hot or cold, or the bugs fall short of food, they’ll enter your space. They’ll crawl through cracks around foundations, doors, and windows, so seal any gaps you find. Also, repair leaks and moisture issues. Crickets thrive in damp areas. That said, you’re liable to catch them in your bathroom, basement, and/or crawlspace. While they’re creeping about, they’ll feed on the following:

  • Cotton

  • Wool

  • Silk

  • Linens

  • Curtains

  • Upholstery

  • Fruits

  • Vegetables

Crickets consume other insects too, so seeing them may be a sign you have additional pests to consider. House and field crickets are two of the most common subspecies in New Castle. House crickets are ¾ of an inch long. They’re yellow-brown and have three bands on their heads. Field crickets are 1¼ inches long, with black or brown bodies. Both have flat wings, if any at all, long antennas, and large hind legs.

#2 Tend to Your Lawn and Your Property’s Exterior

As mentioned before, crickets prefer the outdoors. They eat and/or nest in high grass, mulch, plants, flowerbeds, and garbage. Given this, they are a disaster for crops, seedlings, and gardens. You can make your yard less attractive to these pests if you:

  • Regularly trim your grass, shrubs, and greenery.

  • Place plants, flowers, and wood piles at least two feet from doors.

  • Remove debris, leaves, and decaying organic matter from your lawn.

  • Have trash cans with air-tight lids.

To repel crickets, you can try spraying an insecticide around your property’s perimeter, windows, doors, and baseboards. Be sure to use it in your garage and basement as well.

#3 Be Picky About Your Outdoor Lights

Crickets have a harder time seeing LED lights and those with warm colors, such as orange and yellow. These kinds of lights also produce less energy and heat.

#4 Call Moyer Pest Control for Help

At Moyer Pest Control, we have the expertise and advanced equipment to foil and eliminate crickets. Our technicians are licensed by the state and local agencies. They’ll know how to find and address all nests and entry points. They’ll use our robust and environmentally safe liquids, gels, and other products.

We’ve helped countless families and business-persons in our 150-year tenure and look forward to serving you next. We have plans that are inclusive and have many advantages. Guarantees and recurring visits are just the beginning. Call or email us today!

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