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Tips And Tricks To Prevent Crickets In Souderton

August 3, 2022

 

Crickets are small insects known for making unique "chirping" noises. Despite having wings that may allow for flight, most crickets walk or hop using their strong rear legs. The body of a cricket typically measures between 1/2 and 1 1/2 inches, and they have six legs and antennae. Some of the most common cricket species in this region include house crickets, field crickets, and mole crickets.

House crickets range up to 7/8 of an inch long and have a yellow or brown body with dark markings. As nocturnal creatures, field crickets are most active at night and chirp constantly. Field crickets typically appear in shades of light or dark brown. Three species of mole crickets exist in the U.S. and appear in white, tan, and brown color combinations. Mole crickets use their legs for digging and often create significant damage to plants.

Crickets have a durable exterior that protects them. As the weather gets colder, crickets often seek shelter indoors, where they may create minor damage to various furnishings.

Can crickets bite humans? Most cricket species found in the U.S. lack the jaw strength necessary for piercing human skin. Crickets are omnivores with jaws that will pierce some materials, including fabric covering furniture or clothing. In nature, they will also use their jaws for consuming insects.

People struggling with crickets are strongly encouraged to seek professional pest control in Souderton. A local specialist maintains knowledge regarding the behavior of different types of crickets commonly found in this region and has the proper equipment to get rid of crickets safely.

The Sound That Crickets Make

Male crickets generate their chirping sound by rubbing their hind legs and front wings—a process known as stridulation. Experts believe that crickets create this sound to attract female mating partners and deter other males from entering their territory. 

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Cricket Entry Points

Are you wondering how are crickets getting in my house? Limiting points of entry is a critical aspect of effectively preventing crickets. Because of their small size, preventing cricket intrusions may pose challenges.

Check the lower areas near the structure's foundation for cracks and crevices and fill them with a weather-resistant sealant. Fix damaged window screens and install exterior door sweeps if needed.

Six Cricket Prevention Tips For Souderton Residents

Crickets in Souderton are scavengers that generally prefer residing in outdoor environments but will attempt moving indoors for shelter once the weather becomes cooler.

Some of the best prevention methods include:

  1. Turn off bright outdoor lighting at night, particularly those at entryways, which will draw crickets toward them.
  2. Mow the grass regularly and keep weeds and other foliage trimmed back from the base of the structure.
  3. Maintain gutter systems so that most of the rainfall drains away from the area near the foundation.
  4. Ensure that crawlspaces and basements have proper ventilation and use dehumidifiers to limit excess moisture and humidity.
  5. When placing trash bags containing food scraps in outdoor areas, tie them tightly and drop them in sealed trash receptacles.
  6. Keep in mind that crickets will consume other insects, especially if food is scarce; therefore, keep kitchen areas clean to avoid attracting any prey.

Although crickets are an unlikely risk to human health, these bothersome and noisy pests will make themselves at home within your property if the conditions remain inviting.

Total Cricket Control For Souderton Residents

The team of pest control experts with Moyer Pest Control assists local property owners with safely and efficiently ousting crickets and many other troublesome pests. Contact our office today to schedule an inspection and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Souderton.

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