Crickets are some of the most common pests found in houses, asides from cockroaches and ants. They are mostly found in kitchens, heaters, and fireplaces. This is because they thrive in warm, moist areas.
How Long Do Crickets Live Inside A House?
Unless it is cold winter and your heater is not working, crickets can survive up to 8 weeks. They typically die around ten weeks, but if there isn’t a source of food for them, they die as early as two weeks.
How Do You Get Rid Of Crickets in a House?
There is nothing more upsetting than having insects inside our homes: cockroaches, spiders, and worse still, crickets.
You see, all insects are annoying, but crickets take it to a whole new level with their chirping –no, screeching is more like it. While they might be beneficial for gardening, they can be the most annoying, irritating, and infuriating pests ever because not only did they invite themselves into your house, they also have the audacity to actually disturb your peace.
How then do you get rid of them?
- Bring Out The Bug Spray
What better way to get rid of lousy crickets than with the traditional bug spray? Those creatures jump freakishly high and are incredibly fast. You may not be fast enough to catch one, but bug spray will somehow get in contact with the cricket and kill it for good.
- Clean Your House Thoroughly
Crickets will eat anything. Clothes, bags, shoes, wood, garbage, the list is endless, but a good sweep of your surroundings will help you take out those nasty bugs. A good cleaning tool for this would be a vacuum, especially if you have rugs or carpets in your house.
Crickets could easily hide and lay eggs in them, and only a vacuum cleaner can go deep enough into these places to clean them up. Throw the bag of dirt out immediately you are done to avoid an infestation.
- Make Some Sweet Juice
This is a method that has been passed down for so many years, and it is incredibly effective for tasks like this. For this juice, you will need some molasses, water, and a bowl for mixing. All you need to do is mix a small quantity of molasses with water.
Place the bowl in the suspected area and let it sit. The sweet smell is what will draw and attract the crickets. They will be able to get in but never get out.
- Sticky Traps To The Rescue
There is something we love about sticky traps, and it is how simple and easy they are to use. Similar to bug spray, where all you have to do is spray, with sticky traps, you only need to lay it out on the floor – watch your fingers – and watch the crickets pile on top.
- Turn Off Those Lights
Like every other insect, crickets are easily attracted to light. It is advisable to turn off any light that is not being used. It may not totally eliminate the pests, but it will indeed reduce their percentage by a lot.
- Bring Out The Boric Acid
Boric acid comes in many forms and has been used for years as an effective cockroach repellant, and not surprisingly, it will work against crickets as well. Pour it on areas where the crickets are and watch as they begin to die one after the other.
- Seal The Garbage
Take good care of your garbage by always sealing the cans tightly. As we mentioned earlier, crickets will eat anything, including garbage. By sealing the cans properly, you reduce the risk of having an infestation.
Do Crickets Bite And Are They Poisonous?
Yes, they bite. Their bites are not enough to pierce your skin, and they are not poisonous, but they do carry around various germs that can cause serious health issues for an individual. For example, E.coli, Salmonella etc., are germs you don’t want to have on your body.