How To Get Rid Of Crickets

Posted 4 months ago by Vani Kambali in

Imagine sitting in your room, ready to go to sleep. You have your day ahead planned. You have to go to work, you have some important errands to run and for all of that, the one thing that you need the most is some peaceful sleep. You make your bed, drink a lot of water and set an alarm. However, right when you are about to hit the bed, you hear this chirping sound. We understand that a chirping sound early in the morning, and a chirping sound right when you are planning to hit the bed can be too irritating. The only thing you want with your life to be peaceful is to be able to sleep when you want to and get up when you want to. 

Any sort of disturbance can be extremely annoying. But it becomes even more worse when the chirping is not even melodious and instead coming from a cricket. What is even more annoying is to see them in the house. They have the talent of hiding under furniture and in the corners and then coming out when you are planning to sleep. Considering they are attracted to light, they always want to find a way into your house. 

You have three ways of dealing with them. You can either kill them, disinfect them or you can go with catching them and leaving them far off from your house. You have options to choose from natural or chemical. You can decide whichever way you want to go to. If there is one thing you have to note then it is that they are not really very harmful but they are quick, so choose the method based on that. 

However, before jumping onto ways which you can use in order to get rid of them, lets look at what crickets are and how one can spot and identify them.

What Are Crickets

While most of us know what crickets are, just to get the definitions out of our way, crickets are insects distantly related to grasshoppers. There are about 900 species when it comes to crickets itself. While a lot of people might find it annoying, crickets are actually considered a sign of good luck. It has inspired a lot of movie characters for example Jiminy Cricket, a character in Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio,”. He was the most famous character. 

Crickets are prey for a lot animals, from birds cats to even dogs. They are a huge part of the food chain. Crickets are also a popular feeder food for many pets, such as lizards and spiders. So when it comes to getting rid of them using natural means, lizard and spiders can be the best option. They resemble the most to a grasshopper. Crickets have cylindrical bodies with rounded heads, antennae and strong hind legs with long thighs. 

Now when you think if they are capable of harming humans or not, it is important to know that they don't. But this does not mean that they cannot still disturb you. They can chirp so much that they can disturb the whole sleep pattern. Also, they have the power to disturb your concentration too. They are not the best when it comes to times when you want to study with pin drop silence. Apart from all this, they can also cause a lot of sanitation problem.

Remedies To Get Rid of Crickets

Now that you have a clear idea what a cricket is, it is important that you find out the reason why you click on this article. Remedies that will keep them away from your home. There are a lot of options that you can choose from. Natural, chemical or even pest control. You can also decide weather you want to do it yourself or you want to get this done professionally. Choose the one that best suit your economic as well as comfort conditions. 

They all will take their own level of time to work on the crickets so choose wisely. Therefore, make sure that you are patient with it and let it do its job in its own time. Here is the list of ingredients that you can use to protect yourself from crickets and their mess.

Cricket Bait

Cricket bait is a very affective way of getting rid of crickets. When it comes to few of the most common cricket baits, it either contain orthoboric acid (boric acid) or bifenthrin. These baits are known to kill the insect upon ingestion. The reason why it works is because of the chemicals that are in it. It is designed to destroy enzyme-producing microorganisms in the gut of the cricket. The cricket need these enzymes to survive. And without it, they will die. There are powdered and granular form of baits which you can use. If chemically bought baits is something that you don't want to use, you can always use homemade cricket bait as well. A hand held duster can also be used in order to get rid of the cricket. 

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If you opt for granular baits, you can spread it along the perimeters and in the areas known for cricket activity.  Even though cricket baits have a very low percentage of active chemicals, make sure that you read the instruction carefully before using it. The best part is that these baits don't just kill cricket baits but also work on ants, silverfish, earwigs, cockroaches and snails.

Bug Spray

Bus spray is also one of the most trusted way of getting rid of crickets from the house. The best part is its versatility. You can use it on multiple insects and it will work very well. Make sure that you cover all the corners and crevices which is where the cricket mostly hide. They are readily available in all pest stores. If you cannot do it yourself, you can always get it done professionally. They also use the same technique in order to get rid of the crickets. 

The one thing to note here is that you will have to be extremely careful while using it. Also, keep it far off from kids as they can be extremely toxic for them even if they inhale slightest bit of it. Make sure you wear a mask when spraying this as inhaling it directly can be harmful for you as well. It contains a lot of toxic elements which can be very harmful. To protect yourself even more, wear a glove as well.

Inhospitable Environment

A cricket will find their home in your home when you give them that kind of an environment to live in. If you keep your house messy, your lawn not mowed or not cleaning the garbage then you are calling for them. However, when you do the opposite of these things, keeping house cleaned, keeping the yard clean as well. An hospitable environment could also mean having bright lights all over your house as well as on your yard. This will make it very comfortable for them to settle in and not leave and then also figure our their way into the house. Your goal is to keep the house as clean and as sharp as possible. This is practically the only thing that will save you. Concentrate on your lights. Make sure they are towards warmer yellow and not towards white. 

Also, while lizards might be irritating to you but it works wonders when it comes to using them in order to get rid of crickets. Yes, let Lizards and spiders stay in your home because somehow, if the crickets manage to come in your home, these insects can help in killing them. Crickets are food for both spider as well as lizard. So our recommendation would be to let them stay and be.

Molasses

This is by far the most common and successful way of getting rid of crickets from your life. For people who don't know what molasses is, it is viscous product which is what one gets from refining sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar. It varies based on the amount of sugar, method of extraction and also based on the age of the plant. It is used a sweetening agent in USA, Canada and elsewhere. These ingredients work brilliantly when you are planning to attract crickets and then when they get stuck, ultimately die. The process is completely simple. 

All you have to do is take 10 parts of water and mix it with 1 part of molasses. Now all you have to do is place them in areas where the crickets most often show up. The reason why it helps is because crickets gets lured by the smell of molasses and ultimately gets trapped and end up dying. They end up sitting on them in order to eat it and then end up drowning in it.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a great ingredient when it comes to killing any sort of insect. From bugs to flies, they can kill pretty much all kinds. Same is the scene with crickets. What a lot of people don't know is that DE is actually a powder that is created from the skeletons of algae. While it does not have any sort of an impact on humans or even pets for that matter, but when it comes to removing the crickets, this powder will work like magic. The way this works wonderfully is because it dehydrates the insect to a point that they end up dying. 

When it comes to using the Diatomaceous Earth, you can apply it both indoors as well as outdoors. Even if your pets consume it accidentally, you don't have to worry. They will be safe. What you have to make sure is that you cover all the nook and the corners, fill up all the holes and the cracks so that when a cricket comes in contact with them, there is absolutely no chance that they will escape through that.

Natural Pesticides

A lot of times, pesticides, and chemicals can be really difficult to deal with. If you have kids or even pets at home, opting for chemicals can be the wrong choice. They can easily effect them and harm their health. Therefore it is best that you opt for a natural pesticide when you have a situation like this. It will be much more better plus you will also be protected from the harmful chemical that can harm you while you are processing on them. There are plenty option when it comes to natural pesticides. Be it the soap water mix or even the chili pepper mix, you can whichever you want from them without worrying about your health. 

They are extremely safe to work with and you won't even spend a lot of money on them. When it comes to the soap solution itself, it might sound like it will not be of any use but actually, as soon as you spray them on, it is first the outer layer that gets separated and another spray will ensure that the solution touches the body in a way that the end up dying. Considering these are natural, they will not be the most convenient when it comes its effect.

Pets

If you want to go absolute natural then I recommend opting for this method. The pets, yes. If you have a pet, getting rid of crickets will become 10 times easier. This method will ensure that the crickets are out of your homes and never comes back in. When you think, which pet, both cats and dogs are masters and amazing at tracking down these pests and then finally helping in keeping them away from the house. The only thing that you have to worry about when it comes to this method is the cleanup that you will have to do, after they are done chasing the crickets. However, it will be worth it. If you don't want a pet as big as a cat or a dog because one can obviously not be always ready with taking up the responsibility of taking care of them then you can always go a different way and go towards instilling a small bird feeder at your home. 

Birds are also an excellent way to manage cricket populations, especially in an outdoor garden area. You will just have to hang it out and most of your job will be done. This is also one of the simpler methods. The responsibilities are less, the mess is less plus you get your job done. What more can you ask for.

Simple Landscaping

Simple landscaping is also a great way when it comes to getting rid of the crickets. While gardening is what attracts most people, doing so in an intense way will attract crickets. Also, if you are planning to grow shrubs or long grasses in your yard or garden, this will increase the number of crickets there and worsen the situation further. The thing that you have to do is maintain a good and clean area around the house. This will keep insects including crickets away. Keep the shrubs trimmed really short and always clear off any sort of dirt from there. Regularly cut and trim the grass whenever you see them growing. Crickets are mostly found in areas where there is either light or excessive grass. There is a possibility that you might be leaving dead leaf piles as is as well. 

This also attracts crickets so make sure that you clear these  areas as frequently as you can. Apart from leafs, mulch and old logs is also something that you must clear and something that attract insect as well as other pests. The reason why short shrubs is better is because it makes the area inhospitable for crickets to live in. The food and shelter source for a cricket is long shrubs and when to trim them regularly, it helps in keeping the cricket away. This is what makes it uncomfortable for the crickets and this is why they move someplace else.

Lighting

Light plays a very important role when it comes to getting rid of the cricket. It is in fact the light which attracts the cricket inside the home. Now, we understand that you cannot obviously live without light therefore it is important that you opt for warm light or as it is known, yellow light to keep use in your house or in your yard in order to avoid the crickets. It is not the light but the bright light which attracts the cricket therefore ensure that if not in your home, you at least use warm, yellow light outside in your porch or in the yard. The little change you want is a replacement of white light with amber LED or yellow lights. 

Yellow lights are known to be an effective source of keeping yourself away from crickets or even other sort of insects. This will ensure that you don't attract crickets and you also reduce their concentration around your home. Another alternative to this can be using some sodium vapor lights to keep the bugs away as well. It is also the night which attract the crickets in the house because there is absolute darkness in the night and the light in the house attract them. Either keep the lights off or if you cannot, then make sure none of your entrance in the house has any hole or cracks. These will attract the crickets in the house. 

Sealing Entry Points

While there are a lot of methods when it comes to killing or getting rid of these crickets, preventing them will always be a step better than finding or investing in ways to get rid of them. Sealing the entries is one such method. You will have to make sure that you keep the windows and doors tightly sealed. The one way crickets get into the house is through cracks and crevices so it is important that you take care of it. 

Crickets tend to get attracted to light hence it is important that you block all the crevices because the light from your house will attract them into your house. The easiest way to fix this is by adding an attachment at the bottom of your doors and windows in order to create a seal. This will prevent crickets from squeezing under them. If you have vents then make sure you have covered them with screens.

Use A Soapy Solution

If you want a home fix to your problems then opting for a soapy solution can be a quick fix. You don't even need a lot of money or ingredients in order to use this method when it comes to getting rid of crickets. All you have to do is mix soap with some water and mix them really well. 

All you have to do is spray the solution wherever you spot the crickets and you will be done. Crickets usually don't even fly so quick so all you have to do is spray the solution directly onto the cricket. It will work brilliantly in order to kill the bugs. Make sure you spray it multiple times. The crickets will not die so easy.

Grow Nitrogen-Fixing Plants

This might be a great fix for the crickets but it will also help you in terms of decorating the house and for adding that extra oxygen into your life. Certain plants have the ability of nitrogen fixation and they help the crickets really well. It will be within no time that you will see all the crickets gone. There are a lot more nitrogen fixing plants like sweet peas, cloves and garlic that you can grow. This will be helpful for you in long run cause you will get home grown organic ingredients while they help you in tossing crickets out. 

This method will irritate the cricket and repel them in the most natural way possible. You can pick the one which will benefit you the most. It is a complex process where Nitrogen fixation is performed by specialized prokaryotes that possess nitrogenase. It is an enzymatic complex which is capable of reducing atmospheric N2. This is what creates a massive impact and lead to the crickets dying.

Vacuuming

Vacuuming will help in getting rid of the crickets very easily. Crickets tend to roam in the house freely and therefore the pressure from the vacuum will work brilliantly when it comes to killing and removing the cricket. The nozzle of the vacuum cleaner helps in sucking the cricket away. This is a good way of getting rid of them. You might have to vacuum your house thoroughly in order to get rid of the infestation of crickets. The best apart this method is that it can also suck up all the eggs as well as the cricket that you might find in your home. Even the ones which are hiding in nook and corner of your home.  

However, you have to ensure that you empty your bag after using the vacuum. Replace the bag immediately after you are done finishing the who infesting process. Also, ensure that you throw your bag far away from your home and not anywhere close by from where the crickets can come back. If there are a lot of crickets in your home, this method will work the best.

Pepper Bug Spray

Pepper spray has been the support system of women all over the world. But what most people don't know is how well it can help in getting rid of the crickets that make life so much annoying. You can make this right at your home, and you will not have to spend endless amount of either the products or on the pest control. The only thing you need to prepare this spray is some time and you will be sorted. 

All you have to do is get some red chili powder and red chili sauce. Now, take a spray bottle and mix both the chili powder and the sauce into it. If you think the solution is extremely thick, add in a little water to it. Also, use a fennel to pass the solution through it on order to avoid any sort of thick particles to pass through it. Once done, shake it well so that all the ingredients mix well. Make sure that it stands for about an overnight. Now, filter it one more time in the morning to ensure that it is fine solution and there are no lumps there. Now, mix a little more water to it. And finish this mixture by adding some dish soap to it. Shake it well and spray on plants. When the crickets will sit on them, it will ensure that the cricket comes in contact with this solution and then ultimately die. 

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Fun Facts About Crickets


Now that you have answer to the most crucial part, which is how to get them away from your home, let's have a little fun with it. Here are some of the fun and interesting facts about crickets.

  1. Crickets can be quite easily called the mastermind when it comes to music. They can sing a variety of songs. They do this in order to invite the female to them.
  2. What you must not be aware about is that crickets make music by rubbing their wings. The male cricket has a vein at the base of his fore wings which work as a file. When it comes to singing, he pulls this ridged vein against the upper surface of the opposite wing. This causes a vibration which gets amplified.
  3. Crickets have their ears on their front legs.
  4. They are sound sensitive because of the placement of their ear and hence there is no way that you can win over them in terms of catching them. They can sense you really quick.
  5. Chirping of crickets can be hazardous for them. A lot of parasites listen to it and come seeking of them. After spotting them, they tend to lay an egg on top of them. When hatched, it kills its host.
  6. Breeding is very complex with crickets. Cricket-breeding is a million-dollar business in the U.S.

Now that you have it cleared what cricket is and how you can get rid of them, it is very important to know that you can always opt to let them go away from the house instead of killing them. While we understand that the sound can be extremely irritating, we recommend opting for a measure which best suit your economic condition and even your comfort. 

You have the liberty to do whatever you want with this situation. You can either do it yourself or you can leave the responsibility onto an expert.The choice is yours but make sure that whichever option you choose, the end result is crickets far far away from your home and lives.

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