Have you noticed the season is upon us for the cricket invasion? What do we do with them when there are hundreds at our front doors and in commercial building lobbies?
Crickets are useful insects…helping balance the ecosystem. They break down plant material helping the minerals in our soils. Crickets are also a food source for pets and in some foreign countries – are a food source for humans. In Cambodia and Vietnam – they are considered a delicacy. And in some cultures – they are a sign of good luck.
Why at this time of the season do we see so many? Well, a female cricket can lay over 200 eggs at a time. Wow! That’s a lot of baby crickets!
And…crickets can sing. Well…the male can chirp to attract the female by rubbing their wings together. And the sound is very loud! So reproduction is important to a cricket.
So what is attracting these crickets? They are mainly attracted to light, food, and shelter. They love to venture indoors at nighttime when the temperatures drop – especially as we begin to have those “Autumn nights”. LIGHT is the biggest attraction – where bright lights can be seen (car lots, commercial shopping centers, etc.) and from inside window in homes and commercial buildings.
If you want to eliminate or reduce the number of crickets you are seeing…you must seal the entry points where they are gaining entrance into the building or room. Crickets can fly and easily travel into the space. Keep the area clean where they are collecting. Turn off the lights! And if necessary – spray with the proper chemicals to eliminate the infestation.
If you have more questions or would like an inspection by one of our trained techs to determine your cricket problem – give us a call at 972-362-4026.BACK TO BLOG