The house cricket, he doesn't just sing.
Who's the house cricket?
Latin name: Acheta domesticus
Size: 1 to 2 cm
Location: attic and comble
Period: spring to fall
What you need to know about the house cricket
Except in the south of France, this insect native to deserts cannot live outside heated places.
In the past, it was often found near bakeries and fireplaces. Feeding on various organic materials, this insect has become rare in homes. It can possibly be found in heated basements, just like cockroaches. They are dark-loving insects.
If they start breeding in your home, they can cause a lot of damage, especially to paper products, carpets, clothes, furniture, and even walls. Crickets can affect crops as they feed on seeds or young plants, being able to destroy an entire field if not controlled in time. Either way, control measures can easily be applied, using safe and practical eradication methods, either natural, organic or chemical.
How to eliminate the cricket ?
If the songs of crickets are bearable during the day, they can quickly become painful or even unbearable and prevent you from falling asleep and even waking up in the middle of sleep. So, in the summer, you may find yourself having to close the window and suffer from the heat all that just to stop hearing... In addition, these little beasts respond to each other and can sing for hours in unison. and make you feel like you're having fun at the foot of your bed. We have gathered below the tips and solutions to help you eliminate crickets from your home environment.
1 - Take a pet like a cat or a dog. Their natural predatory instinct will quickly eliminate the insect.
2 - Create traps along the walls and in the corners of your house, especially in areas infested by crickets. Attract them with corn flour. You can also put glue traps like those we offer against cockroaches or cockroaches. Crickets will easily follow food and get stuck in traps.
3 - Make a "soft trap" in a bowl, using molasses and water. Crickets will be attracted to the smell and will jump into the bowl. Then they won't be able to get out.
4 - Use plants that crickets hate like garlic or cilantro. Plants that fix nitrogen, such as cloves and peas. If you plant them near the door, under the windows or in a pot that you hold near the windows, then you will prevent the entry of crickets into your house.
5 - Maintain a constant level of sanitation by vacuuming your home and making sure to keep it clean. With the vacuum cleaner you can get rid of the eggs deposited by the crickets, and thus prevent an infestation from spreading. Clean corners, walls, dark places in your home. Remember to dispose of the contents in a sealed plastic bag.
6 - Use a soap trap to keep crickets away. By mixing it with water in a sprayer, you can create an organic pesticide that will penetrate the cricket's shell and cause damage at the cellular level.
7 - A pepper sprayer works well to repel crickets. However, be careful to use it in the right direction.
8 - Use a natural insecticide in direct jet on visible crickets. We offer several that all have a common active ingredient: vegetable pyrethrum. In aerosol or liquid form, an insecticide will destroy the insect quickly.
9 - Don't forget to let the crickets' natural predators roam your yard. Small lizards, spiders, ants, wasps and birds. They will do the cleaning job without hesitation. Don't forget to install bird feeders to attract them to your property. The birds will do their job, after seeing that they have a stable food source of crickets. Birds are an excellent and natural method of managing the cricket population in your yard or garden.
10 - Use diatomaceous earth. It is an effective organic solution that will affect crickets to the point of killing them. Once the cricket comes into contact with this powder, it will injure itself, become dehydrated and eventually die from its injuries.
11 - Like all nocturnal insects, crickets are attracted to strong lights. At night, avoid using them and try replacing bulbs with LED light. Keep your entry areas dark, especially at night, and draw shutters to prevent light from inviting crickets inside your home.
12 - Prune your garden. This will prevent crickets from building nests there and invite them into your home when winter comes. Trim vegetation and grass regularly to limit the cricket population.
13 - Just like cockroaches and cockroaches, keep your trash can well sealed because the smell inevitably attracts them. You can find crickets under or behind garbage cans. These are therefore places to observe regularly.
14 - Seal windows and panels, cover cracks and install screens on ducts too, to keep insects out.
15 - Reduce the humidity in your home, especially in the basement as this will prevent the rapid development of crickets, if they are already installed in your home.
16 - Keep your garden and yard clean, and your home too. Avoiding leaving leaves, scattered wood or construction tools piled up in the yard will not provide crickets with places to nest. Thus, they will be forced to move because your yard will not be attractive.