Pest of the Month: House Crickets
Do you ever hear a loud chirping noise outside of your house in the middle of the night? Well, you can thank house crickets that are lurking on your property (and sometimes in your house) for all of your restless nights. Make sure you get to know this chirping pest because you’ll be seeing (and hearing) them a lot!
- Size: ¾ to ⅞ inch
- Color: Yellowish-Brown
- Distinguishing Characteristics: 3 dark bands going across the head; 6 legs; long antennae
- Whereabouts: Dark, warm places; throughout the U.S.
What They Infest
During the spring and summer, most people don’t have to worry about house crickets because they love the warm weather outside. However, when winter rolls around, these little noisemakers will be looking to make their way into your home for warmth. Inside of your home these pests will begin to consume your house plants, fabrics, and clothing.
To prevent house crickets from ever getting inside of your home, inspect the foundation and walls for any cracks or holes. After filling these small entry points, begin removing any areas of moisture that would attract these pests in the first place. Make sure your basement or crawlspace is properly ventilated, keep wood piles at least 20 feet away from your home, and keep your lawn mowed to manageable height.
House crickets are a common pest here in New York, which is all the more reason to actively try and keep them out of your house. When your home becomes infested with house crickets or any other pest, contact Knockout Pest Control. To learn more, or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.