Crickets are not only annoying with their high pitched chirps that keep you up all night but they can also be damaging to your home.  Crickets feed on just about anything.  This includes clothes, wall paper, wood, food in your pantry and even wrappers.  It is important to avoid crickets getting into your home to avoid damages and them laying eggs inside your home.  Female crickets lay hundreds, sometimes thousands of eggs.  The good news is that these eggs can take about a year to hatch.  The bad news is that detection can be difficult, if not impossible.  These are all reasons why it is so important to keep crickets out of your home.

The best way to control crickets is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place.  Block off any entry points for the crickets which may include sealing any cracks and crevices, and covering any areas with screens.  Crickets love vegetation and look for plants surrounding your home.  Keep any vegetation trimmed and under control.  General housekeeping is important in the control of crickets, as well as other pests.  Clean up debris in the garage, basement and gardens.  Messy places that are rarely visited are prime locations for cricket nests.  Cover and seal garbage bins so you are not attracting them to your debris and food.  Regular maintenance of your drains and roofs are important for cleaning out any nests that crickets may have built in the debris.  Crickets, like other pests, are attracted to bright lights outside of the home.  Replace any bright lights with low-lights that emit a yellowish glow.

If crickets have already invaded your home, call a pest control company to get rid of the pests.