Cricket Extermination and Removal
While Jiminy Cricket is a beloved Disney character, anyone who has experienced a cricket infestation can attest that these little critters are anything but lovable. While they are virtually harmless, crickets of all different species can cause damage when they invade your home or garden. These insects enjoy warmth and will begin migrating into your homes and sheds as temperatures drop. Here at Insight we understand that with all of the other things demanding your time, the last thing you want to worry about is cricket control and treatment. Contact our professional team to treat your cricket infestation or prevent their invasion.
Cricket Species in Washington
Cricket species to date that have been identified in Washington include the field cricket, house cricket, spider cricket, Jerusalem cricket and the northern mole cricket. In general crickets are nocturnal omnivores. If they find a way inside they enjoy eating away at carpets and fabrics, particularly silk and wool. The most common species that you are likely to encounter in Washington, include the field, house and spider cricket.
The Field Cricket
True to their name, field crickets will make a home in tall grass, and even unkempt lawn debris, during the summer months. Characterized by their black exoskeletons, male field crickets create the classic chirping sound associated with crickets. This chirping is the male’s mating call and is accomplished by rubbing their rough wings together. In general, crickets that chirp use their wings as an instrument rather than a flying tool. Most field crickets will travel by using their strong hind legs to hop, rather than their wings to fly.
The House Cricket
Similar to field crickets, these common pests can be found outside under foliage, in sheds, garages and homes. These little brown pests are often mistaken for grasshoppers, but their bodies are considerably shorter. Their loud chirping is enough to drive anyone crazy, especially when they invade one’s home. A cricket infestation in your basement can be a real pain! Our cricket extermination experts can help restore your quiet nights!
The Spider Cricket
Also known as the camel cricket, this species can be especially concerning for homeowners. True to their name, these pests can easily be mistaken as a wolf spider. Their extremely long antenna, six legs and proportionally larger hind legs, are all distinctive features that can calm anyone with a fear of spiders. While other species of crickets are loud guests, spider crickets do not have wings and do not chirp to attract their mates. Therefore, they can go unnoticed until the infestation is overwhelming. Homeowners should be wary if they notice one or two of these pests in or around their home. Since these critters usually live in groups, a spider cricket infestation may be present. If you find yourself in need of an extermination expert, do not hesitate to call!
How to Prevent Crickets
The best way to prevent a cricket infestation in your house is to seal up potential access points, such as holes or cracks in caulking around windows and doors. Keep your home clutter free and do not leave food out! In Washington where moisture tends to be an issue, it may be beneficial to use a dehumidifier in homes, especially basements. Dark and damp areas tend to attract these pests. Move wood piles away from the side of the house and clean gutters regularly. If crickets are an issue in the yard make sure to keep the grass short, and weed garden and flower beds.
The best way to prevent crickets is to contact a professional who is trained and licensed to apply pesticides. Cricket removal becomes easy with our products that are pet and kid friendly.
Cricket treatment is included in our monthly subscription plan, which also covers a variety of other pests such as spiders, ants and silverfish.