I am pretty sure that most people wouldn’t relate the cricket to any harm, other than the fact that their shrieking sounds can cause quite a nuisance in the house. In this article, we are going to ponder the question, are house crickets harmful?
A House Cricket Bite
House crickets can bite, but their bites are not harmful to humans. As a matter of fact, their mouths are made in such a way that they can’t tear through human skin. The bite, however, can be harmful through the diseases and parasites that the crickets carry, such as salmonella and ecoli. Their feces also carry worms.
House Cricket Damage
Crickets are bound to eat through your house plants, clothing, bedding, couches and even wallpaper. They are indiscriminate when it comes to destruction.
Harm Can Mean Many Things
They bring about psychological trauma for a second through the screeching sound when they rub their legs together. You can imagine the cricket screeching at three in the morning in your house. A week of this, and they’ll drive you crazy.
How to Get Rid of Crickets (And Keep Them Out Naturally
We are now going to look at how to get rid of crickets.
- Using cricket sprays or bait. They usually get into the house for food, and you could lure them with bait. One such good bait is molasses, the scent will attract them, and once they step on it, they get stuck. Natural sprays can get rid of crickets that are hiding in cracks and corners.
- Using sticky straps is yet another way. Once again, the scent would lure the crickets, and once they step onto the sticky trap, they get stuck.
- Get rid of the cricket eggs through vacuuming. Vacuums with the Hepa filter are the best for this solution. Remember that it is very hard to get rid of the crickets if you don’t get rid of their eggs. Once you’re done vacuuming, tie the trash in a paper and dispose it.
- Seal the doors and windows well. Don’t leave loopholes for the crickets to find their way into the house. This should include cracks in the foundation of the house.
- Take care of the trash because in this instance, you not only want the crickets out of your house, but off the property. Tie the paper bags well and place them in a closed trash can. You wouldn’t want the smell from the trash can attracting crickets.
- Keep the lawn under control by cutting it short. This is because crickets breed in tall vegetation, building their nests and laying eggs. When they do this, consider it just a matter of time before they invade the home.
Now you know that crickets are harmful pests even if they don’t show it directly, and so the next step would be to kick them out of your house and off your property. Following the points mentioned above will keep your home and property cricket free. You could also call in professional pest handlers to do it for you if it sounds too complicated, or if the infestation is chronic.