House Crickets: A Common Pest on the East Coast

November 1, 2021
house crickets

Background/History

House crickets are originally from south Asia and parts of Europe, but somewhere between 1950 and 2000, they made their way across the pacific ocean. They first made their way in because they were sold in pet and fishing stores as pet food and bait. Sometimes they infest the house because they were used for pet food, but escaped. They are now most common east of the Rocky Mountains and especially along the east coast. They are attracted to warm and moist environments.

Their lifespan is about 2-3 months unless they encounter cold weather. They can only survive in warm and humid environments, so they usually hatch in the spring. Their size ranges from about 1/2 inch to an inch and a 1/2. They have six legs, a long shape, and are either black or brown. They'll have long antennas as well.

The Problem

The biggest problem with crickets is that they are noisy. During the warm months, they are found near light sources like lamp posts and electrical lights. They actually prefer to be outside. In the summer we can go inside to block the noise, but if they make it inside for the winter, they need to be taken care of right away.

The chirping you hear is the males rubbing their front wings together as a mating call for the females. They are also depicting the weather! Count how many times they chirp in 14 seconds and add 40. The resulting number is the temperature. If they mate in your house, this big problem becomes huge. These pests are also nocturnal, so they could keep you up all night.

Besides the noise, they cause no harm to humans. If they infest your house they can start damaging your fabric. If you see holes or tears in the fabric in your clothes, furniture, or carpet, this is a sign of infestation. It needs to be taken care of right away. House crickets can survive on just about anything, so they won't be leaving anytime soon. If they're outside they feed on dead plants or garbage, and when they're in your house they'll eat your fabric.

The Solution

So, what is the solution? Make sure all entry points are sealed, from doors to windows. Leave no room for them to get in. Dim your outdoor lighting by changing your bulbs from white to yellow light in order to attract fewer bugs. Create less moisture in your home, by making sure the ventilation is working, especially in the basement. Dehumidifiers are a great way to keep the space dry. The basement is often the most humid area of the house and pests love it. You can also avoid moisture by mowing your lawn and weeding plant beds. Vacuum your house regularly as you could get rid of cricket eggs not visible to the human eye.

If these house crickets have become too much for you to handle on your own, call us and we will be on our way. We will give you a free consultation! Our team will come to inspect your home, find the root of the problem, and present a solution to fix it.

We have worked here in Virginia for a long time, and we know what we are up against. All of our products are pet-friendly, and if our solution doesn't solve the house crickets problem, we have a money-back guarantee. Treatments for house crickets is included in our basic plan. Even after our job is done, we keep tab on the pests with remote monitors to make sure they don't come back. We are here for all your pest control needs, so give BioShield Pest Control a call today.

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