PRODUCTS CRICKET CONTROL
Cricket’s wings are folded around the body, where the grasshopper wings are carried like a tent over the body. There are a few different types of crickets you may encounter: the House Cricket, Field Cricket, Camel Cricket, Mole Cricket, Jerusalem Cricket, and the Tree Cricket. The distinctive sound that a cricket creates is produced by repeatedly rubbing its wings together. For the most part, Crickets are nocturnal and only become active in late evenings when they begin to forage for food.
Field crickets are usually black with brown wings, shiny black heads, and large bodied, long antennae. This is the most common indoor pest cricket and doesn’t adapt to inside conditions, dying in a short time.
House crickets are a yellowish brown or straw colored with three dark bands on the head, and long antennae. Know to be able to survive and even breed indoors. The House Cricket and Field Cricket are common everywhere, and typically feed on plant material but are not completely vegetarian. The House Cricket is found outside in the warmer months but will migrate inside for the cooler months.
Camel Cricket The Camel Cricket has the signature humpback and does not have wings- alternatively they are also called Cave or Stone crickets. Light brown with darker brown banding, very long antennae and long, large, hind legs. This type doesn’t fly or chirp, and aren’t attracted to lights, but may move indoors into cool, damp areas.
Mole Crickets are light to dark brown, with short antennae and short front legs. Shovel-like digging claws are used to burrow in moist, sandy soil and feeds on turf or crop plants.
Best Practices to Manage any Cricket Infestations
Clean up and remove debris in the areas they will be likely to hide. This includes piles of items outdoors and significant amounts of ground cover or plants near to structures. It is also important to inspect your home to ensure that areas of entry are sealed, so as to prevent the crickets from gaining entry indoors in the first place. Reduce moisture to reduce the camel cricket and house cricket, as they will tend to breed in dark damp areas. Update bright outdoor lighting near windows and doors, as this will also increase the likelihood of crickets gathering in specific spaces.
For current outdoor infestations, large numbers can be removed physically by using a blower in the area that crickets have been seen or heard congregating. Indoors, vacuuming and glue board traps are the first line of defense in control. When there are large populations of crickets causing extreme agitation, applying a long lasting residual insecticide to the exterior of the house or establishment will help.
For the Mole Cricket, a soil treatment with granules or liquid concentrate will be effective. Do not rely on the feeding practices of the Mole crickets. Make sure you get the insecticide into the root system where Mole crickets are likely to come in contact with the chemical.
For the House Cricket and Field Crickets treat under baseboards, around the doors, stairways, and always remember dark moist areas. A granular insect bait that is labeled for crickets can work great and be applied as treatment as well. Treat crawl spaces and basements as part of a home pest control program, as they will provide the preferred type of habitat.
Most crickets go unnoticed until late summer when they suddenly seem to appear everywhere. Typically that is the Field cricket invading our store fronts, homes, and garages.
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