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Is It Bad To Have Crickets In My Souderton Home?

May 12, 2021

 

There’s nothing like the peaceful sound of crickets to send you off to sleep — unless the sound is coming from in your house. As pleasant as chirping crickets can be outside, these pests can be trouble for homeowners once they’re indoors. So, is it bad to have crickets in your Souderton home? Let’s find out. 

About Crickets 

Crickets are known for their signature chirping, a noise caused by male crickets rubbing their hind legs together in an effort to attract a mate. House crickets are the most common home-invading cricket species in the U.S. and can be recognized by their yellowish-brown color and three-banded pattern along the head. House crickets typically measure between 3/4 and 7/8 inches in length.

You might not think of crickets as a common pest. We tend to associate crickets with outdoor ambiance, classic animated children’s movies, and if you’ve got exotic pets, you might think of them as an entrée for your bearded dragon. But crickets can cause a number of problems for homeowners, from spreading disease to destroying property. And what’s worse is that once crickets get in your home, they can survive indefinitely. 

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Are Crickets Dangerous?

The sound of crickets making a racket in your home can drive you crazy. But crickets are more than just a nuisance pest. They pose a real health risk to you and your family as well as your valued belongings. 

First, you should know that crickets spread disease. Salmonella and E.coli bacteria both thrive in cricket feces, as well as parasitic worms. Contact with crickets or cricket feces can sometimes result in the development of sores which are painful but not life-threatening.

Crickets are also destructive. They follow an omnivorous diet in the wild where they will eat plants and other insects. But indoors, crickets love nothing more than to munch on fabric. Clothing, carpeting, blankets, and more are all prime targets for hungry crickets. 

And while it’s rare for a cricket's mandibles to actually break the skin, crickets have been known to bite when handled. Crickets won’t go out of their way to attack you or hunt you for food like mosquitoes and ticks, but their defensive bite can still cause pain and potentially spread disease.

Why Are There Crickets In My Souderton Home?

If you’ve been wondering how or why crickets found their way into your house, there are a few likely reasons. 

  • Moisture – Crickets thrive in areas with high humidity and moisture.

  • Light – Excess outdoor lighting can cause crickets to gather.

  • Landscaping – Overgrown hedges and lawns provide hiding spots for crickets outdoors.

The good news is that all of these problems are easily addressed. Adjusting just one or a few of these factors can have a dramatic impact on the number of crickets in your home.

  • Reduce moisture – Seal leaking pipes and ensure that gutters and drains are flowing properly. Open windows and use electric fans to encourage airflow and reduce humidity, or consider installing a dehumidifier.

  • Change lighting – You can change your outdoor lights to yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps to make them less attractive to crickets and other insects. Try to keep outdoor lights off overnight if possible.

  • Do yard work – Trim the hedges, mow the lawn, and remove any unneeded piles of leaves or mulch. Move firewood away from the house and store on an elevated platform. 

For more advice or assistance with your cricket problems in Souderton, get in touch with the professionals at Moyer Pest Control. We can provide year-round support with one of our residential pest control plans to eliminate crickets and other common pests. Contact us today. 

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