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What The Experts Have To Say About Crickets In Your Souderton Home

April 6, 2020

 

Early summer brings about many changes for people in Souderton. The temperature is warmer, the days are longer, and pests make themselves known. One of the most common pests this time of year is the cricket. These insects are known to invade the home thanks to their love of shelter and easy access to food.

The most common type of cricket is the house cricket, which is a light yellowish-brown color. Their average size is between ¾- 7/8 inches long. Both male and female boast three dark crossbands on their heads along with threadlike antennae. However, only the male is responsible for that telltale chirping sound most people associate with crickets.

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Why You Don't Want Crickets Inside Of Your Souderton Home

The good news is that crickets don’t pose a direct threat to people, which ensures they’re classified as a nuisance instead of a threat. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing to have crickets in the home. These pests cause a lot of indirect damage including: 
Property damage: Crickets like to chew on anything they come across, which is why property damage can occur if left unchecked for too long. The most common targets for crickets are clothing, carpeting, and anything else covered in fabric.

  • Sores: While it’s extremely rare, crickets can bite and may leave behind painful sores. The bites themselves are not a health threat, which is a good thing, but that’s mitigated by the next concern.

  • Disease: Crickets like many other pests carry diseases. Biting, physical contact, or leaving behind droppings can result in humans contracting an illness or disease including E.coli or salmonellosis. For this reason alone, it’s important to remove crickets from the premises as quickly as possible.

Keeping Crickets Outside Of Your Home

While crickets are a valuable part of the ecosystem, that doesn’t mean they belong in your house. It’s not possible or a good idea to seek their removal from the yard. Therefore, you must inspect your home and implement strategies to prevent them from getting inside.

  • Reduce moisture areas: Crickets seek moisture, which is why the best thing to do is to remove those water sources in and immediately around the home to reduce the cricket population in your home.

  • Yard maintenance: While it’s not possible to remove the crickets entirely, that doesn’t mean measures can’t be taken to ensure the yard isn’t overpopulated. Tasks such as mowing the lawn, weeding plant beds, and other similar yard work goes a long way in controlling the cricket population.

  • Vacuum them up: Crickets will lay eggs wherever they can. The best protection is to just remove them with a vacuum cleaner. This also works for the cricket removal itself.

  • Change the lighting: If you’re really struggling, it may be a good idea to change your outdoor lighting to yellow bulbs or use sodium vapor lamps. Crickets are less attracted to softer lighting which will help reduce their inclination to come inside.

  • Seal things up: Just like with any pest, the key is to block the entry points. Blocking the entry points is done by sealing everything up, which includes the space in window or doorframes. Carefully inspect for any holes or cracks and seal them up to get a head start in protecting your home.

Cricket Prevention With Moyer Pest Control

Thanks to their capability of spreading disease, crickets do a lot more than just cause an inconvenience for property owners. That’s why our team at Moyer Pest Control works hard to protect the homes and families in Souderton and throughout Pennsylvania.
 
To help with cricket prevention, we provide a range of programs meant to adapt to your specific pest management concerns and budget. We work to eliminate your pest problems while preventing them from coming back. Are you in need of cricket prevention services? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest management options or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.

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