House crickets are small insects that are attracted to warm, moist environments within structures. They are found all throughout the United States, but mostly reside east of the Rocky Mountains. Crickets, like bed bugs, are nocturnal creatures, meaning they are most active at night.
During warm months, they’re more likely to be found outdoors, as opposed to inside homes. The most common outdoor places to find crickets would be near dumpsters, electrical lights, and on vertical surfaces like lamp posts. However, during colder weather, these creatures begin looking for structures to invade in search of shelter.
House crickets can be identified by several key characteristics. They are long rather than round, with a light brown color with three darker bands across the head. Crickets also have six legs, and can be anywhere from 3/4” to 7/8” long. Note that house crickets have long antennas that look thread like.
Luckily, house crickets do not pose a health risk to humans. However, they can cause damage to property, especially fabrics. Keep a close eye on your carpets, couches, and clothing - especially those made of wool, cotton, and silk. If these materials have noticeable wear, such as pulled fibers, this could be a sign of a cricket infestation. In this case, it’s important to treat crickets as quickly as possible to prevent your property from being ruined in large quantities.
First, take preventative measures to reduce the number of crickets that can enter your home. Seal points of entry, such as windows or doors, and change your outdoor lighting to dim yellow tones to attract less attention for pests. Increase the ventilation across your home, with special care to murkier areas such as the basement, to reduce points of moisture that become attractive for crickets. Additionally, avoid excess moisture by mowing your lawn and weeding your plant beds. If you already have a cockroach infestation, BioShield can help. We will provide you with a free home inspection from our team of local professionals, and our available green products are healthy for the environment but will effectively treat pests. Contact us for your free consultation today.