What do house crickets look like?

Crickets have six legs and are typically 3/4 to 7/8 inches long. They are tan with three dark bands on the top of the head and have two long antennae. At the end of the abdomen are two appendages called cerci, like those found on cockroaches. Crickets are slender and have a distinct appearance.

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What do house crickets eat?

Crickets consume various plants found indoors and outdoors, as well as live and dead insects. Once inside your home, they can harm your possessions by eating the fibers in clothing, bedding, curtains, carpets, and more.

Are house crickets dangerous?

No. House crickets are considered nuisance pests that do not pose a health threat.

What attracts house crickets?

It's important to keep in mind that food is a major factor. Crickets are more likely to inhabit your yard if there are numerous food sources available. They are also drawn to conditions that attract other insects to your yard, such as moist environments, high humidity, and hiding spots. Dampness is often the result of issues like blockages in gutters. High humidity is commonly found in dense vegetation and tall grass. Crickets and other pests often seek shelter in areas like brush piles, firewood, scrap wood, construction materials, stacked stones, and yard clutter.

Light also plays a significant role in attracting house crickets. They are drawn to light, so outdoor lighting can contribute to a higher population of crickets in your yard. It's important to note that yellow lights don't attract them, as insects can't perceive light in this spectrum. Therefore, it might be beneficial to replace your white lights with a yellow light ambiance.

Where are house crickets commonly found?

In your yard, crickets can be found hiding in vegetation and shaded areas underneath structures. When they enter your home, they seek out hiding spots in walls, floors, ceilings, under furniture, appliances, closets, and other similar places. They prefer to stay in dark and isolated areas with high humidity.

What are the signs of house crickets?

You may have house crickets if you hear chirping sounds or spot crickets indoors. Also, if you notice fabric damage, it could be a sign of their presence. However, since other pests are known to cause similar damage, it may be difficult to confirm that it is indeed house crickets.

How do you get rid of house crickets?

Reach out to Anti-Pest for assistance in getting rid of house crickets from your property. Our team of pest control specialists provides ongoing home pest control services and commercial pest solutions. We are dedicated to solving your cricket infestation and addressing any other pests that may be present on your property. Since 1950, our locally owned and family-operated pest control company has proudly served Bossier, Caddo, and DeSoto Parishes; you can count on us! 

How can you prevent house crickets?

Here are a few prevention tips you can implement to prevent a house cricket problem:

  • Replace outdoor white lights with yellow lights.
  • Rather than leave outside lights on, install light bulbs that are motion-sensitive.
  • Clean out gutter clogs and make repairs to damage in your system.
  • Cut grass low and remove unwanted grass from landscaping.
  • Trim bushes, shrubs, and other plants.
  • Rake leaves and remove other organic debris.
  • Use expanding foam to fill gaps, cracks, and openings.
  • Use a caulking gun to create a seal around windows and doors.
  • Replace old or worn-out weatherproofing materials, such as sweeps and weatherstripping.
     

For greater protection against house-infesting pests, contact Anti-Pest today!

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