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Is It Dangerous To Have Crickets In My New Castle Home?

July 24, 2020

 

Have you ever sat outside and just listened to the crickets chirping late at night? The melody can be relaxing and, for some, soothing. This sound, however, becomes a lot less appealing when it is heard, inside, at all hours of the night. The question is, how dangerous is it to have crickets inside your New Castle home? Here is what our experts have to say.

New Castle is home to a few different species of crickets. We have field crickets, house crickets, northern mole crickets, red-headed bush crickets, and many more. Of these different species, house crickets are the most likely to invade your home. These yellowish-brown pests can best be identified by the three dark crossbands on the back of their heads.

a cricket crawling on a wooden floor

One thing you should know about crickets is that only the males chirp. They do this to attract a mate. If you are hearing chirping inside your home, more crickets will be encouraged to come inside, specifically females. In short, it only takes one singing cricket for an infestation to grow.

Problems Crickets Cause

The most noticeable problem crickets cause is with the noise they make. There is nothing more infuriating than hearing a cricket somewhere in your home and having them go silent every time you look for them. Unless you are a heavy sleeper, this noise is likely to keep you up and stress you out.
 
In addition to keeping homeowners up at night, crickets are known for carrying and spreading a variety of different dangerous diseases. The two most common diseases crickets can carry and transmit are E. coli and salmonella both of which are extremely unpleasant to deal with and often require medical attention.
 
Crickets can also damage personal belongings. It is not uncommon for crickets to chew on fabrics when inside homes. If you keep finding holes in your clothing or drapes, it could be due to these munching menaces.

How Crickets Get Into Homes

Crickets get inside in the same way most other insect pests do, through a crack, hole, or gap in a home’s exterior. They can also get inside if a homeowner has a habit of leaving doors and windows open for extended periods of time.

Some Prevention Tips For Crickets

The good news is that crickets can be prevented with a little bit of effort. As long as your home is not currently dealing with an infestation, here are a few things you can do to ensure crickets stay outdoors where they belong.

  • Thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior for gaps, cracks, or holes crickets could use to get inside. Seal these potential entry points using a caulking gun or some liquid cement.

  • Repair or replace damaged weather stripping around your home.

  • Make sure all of your window and door screens are free of rips and tears.

  • Check door sweeps around your home and make sure they are all in good working order.

  • Do your best to keep unscreened doors and windows shut as much as possible.

  • Turn off exterior lights at night or invest in light bulbs that are insect resistant.

  • Invest in high-quality, ongoing pest control services.

At Moyer Pest Control, we understand how frustrating and dangerous crickets can be. If you are looking for an easy and cost-effective way to keep these annoying pests out of your New Castle home, we are here to help.

Reach out to one of our friendly service representatives today to schedule an inspection for your home or to discuss year-round pest control options.

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