Crickets are common pests in Texas, and may find their way onto your Kingwood property, and maybe into your home. There are three main types of crickets you’ll likely encounter:
- Field crickets (Gryllidae): Dark brown to black, 9/16″ to over 1″ long. Mainly stay outdoors.
- House crickets (Acheta domesticus): Similar to field crickets but smaller (about 3/4″), yellowish-brown with dark bands on the head and upper body. These crickets can breed indoors. Hide out in corners, near moisture, possibly attics, garages, crawl spaces.
- Cave/Camel crickets (Rhaphidophoridae): Dark brown, wingless and with long antennae, with large, legs for powerful jumping. These crickets have bent-down heads and upward arched backs, giving them a “humped-back camel” appearance, and they always look like they’re getting ready to jump. Primarily basement, garage dwellers.
Crickets are known to spend their days in warm, dark areas and then to emerge at night to feed. Outdoors, large cricket populations can damage garden plants. Indoors, crickets may damage natural and man-made fabrics, furs, and even carpeting. They can also attract plenty of unwanted spiders into your home, who prey on these crickets.
Crickets may be plentiful in any given year, but their numbers tend to spike in August and September when the summer dry season is broken by rain and cooler temperatures. When the rain comes, crickets will start mating.
What Do You Do for a Cricket Infestation?
Outdoors, you can spray for crickets with a reliable cricket killer spray. Indoors, you can vacuum to remove crickets and their eggs. The best way to get rid of crickets and prevent future invasions is to do whatever you can to reduce moist areas indoors and around your home by repairing any and all leaks. You may also need to dehumidify your basement.
Yard work is important, too, in order to keep cricket populations away: Keep your lawn mowed, your plant beds weeded, and wood piles at least 20 feet away from the side of your home.
Crickets do not bite or sting, but they can damage your garden plants and fabrics, as well as attract unwanted predators into your home, like spiders. If your home or yard becomes overrun with crickets, there are steps you can take to help prevent them, but ultimately, it can save you plenty of time, money, and stress to call your Kingwood, TX pest control experts. Call us today! We can get rid of crickets (and other pests) in your home and yard.