Crickets ring in summertime with their characteristic singing, and in small numbers they are quite harmless. When they start reproducing inside the house, however, they can damage paper products, clothing, furniture and even walls. Learn how to get rid of crickets with simple measures to control your property and prevent them from overrunning your basement.
Catch them with cricket bait. This easy method for luring crickets from corners and crevices is the most effective immediate solution. Place a few spoonfuls of molasses in a shallow bowl, and fill it halfway up with water. Set the bowl in the room where you have a cricket problem. Crickets love molasses, and they’ll hop into the bowl when they smell it. Empty the bowl frequently. Chemical cricket bait is sold in hardware stores, and uses the same basic method to catch crickets. If you use this type of bait, make sure your family and pets don’t go near it, since it is toxic.
Set traps. Sticky glue traps are a great non-toxic way to catch crickets. This is especially wise if you have young children or pets that will be sensitive to often poisonous bug spray. Place the cricket traps along problem areas, like walls, windows or doorways. The closer to heat and moisture these insect passages are, the more likely they are to attract the trespassing crickets.
Use bug spray. Most bug sprays effectively get rid of crickets. Choose an all-purpose spray or one made specifically for crickets, and spray in corners, along windowsills, and in other places where you’ve noticed an infestation. Be careful when you use these sprays, since they contain toxic chemicals.
Remove the eggs. Crickets may lay eggs inside the home, which could cause the infestation to rapidly get out of control. Try vacuuming the area with a vacuum cleaner that has a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. These are high-powered machines that will pull the eggs from the carpet or wherever they may have been laid. Throw away the vacuumed contents in a sealed plastic bag. Most sprays used on live crickets will also kill the eggs. Spray along trim and baseboards, where crickets usually lay eggs.
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