The chirping that crickets make during the evenings are a welcome reminder of spring.
While the chirping can be a pleasing sound when lounging about outdoors, it can be quite the different experience late at night when they are inside your home.
What was once looked forward to is now quite annoying when you are trying to sleep.
Unlike cockroaches, crickets are less dangerous in terms of the germs, bacteria, or diseases they might being into the home.
This is because they mostly live on grass and are found in rural and suburban areas.
However, they still present a danger to the home if they find their way inside.
Will Crickets Cause Any Damage?
Beyond the chirping the crickets will make, they will eat fabrics which include linen, cotton, silk, and wool.
This also includes items made from the aforementioned materials which include rugs, wall coverings, and they can even damage the wood itself.
Basically, if something is made from fabric or plant material, it is in danger of being consumed by crickets.
This is why it is important that you get rid of the crickets as soon as possible. Given how fast they can multiply.
Plus, their voracious appetite when it comes to certain materials.
Not to mention the noise they can make means that removing them from your home should be a priority.
What follows are seven proven tips to get rid of the crickets in a natural way.
11 Tips to Get Rid of Crickets Naturally
Crickets usually nest around moist and dark areas. One easy way to reach them is to follow their annoying chirp.
Once you have identified and located them in their hide outs, the next step is to try some natural ways by which you can either trap, kill or deter them forever.
Below are the best preventative measures you can take…
1- Cricket Glue Traps
Houses where pets or toddlers are around, using natural ways like a sticky trap is the safest option to remove crickets.
You can keep them around the corners of the wall in your home as these are the places where they mostly find the harborage.
You will find JT Eaton Pest Catchers Glue Trap to be one of the most effective in trapping the crickets and other insects fast.
I am using it for years without any problem. The thing I like most about it is its heady scent that helps in trapping and killing the insects very fast.
Worry not, it does not use any poison or baits it’s easy to use and safe for humans.
2- Nitrogen fixing plants
Nitrogen fixing plants (like garlic, sweet peas and clover) irritates the crickets, and growing such plants is definitely a cool idea.
Nitrogen is an important gas for plants. But the plants cannot take them directly from the air.
These are specifically the plants that draws the nitrogen from the air to store it in the soil and roots.
This nitrogen is then provided to the plants (including other nearby plants) in your garden to grow better.
Besides nitrogen fixing plants few weeds like weeds like alliums and wormwood also help in preventing the crickets and other insects.
3- Soap water
Water mixed with soap (or detergent) works like a natural pesticide for these little buggers.
The chemical ingredients present in the soap will act like a poison for crickets and can kill them instantly.
You can fill a spray bottle with a soapy water and keep the mixture it ready to spray on the crickets as soon as you see them around your bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen or attic.
4- Homemade sprays
Just like soap water, various other sprays can be prepared for deterring the deadly crickets by making use of household kitchen products.
These products may include pepper, chili, hot spices, sauces, etc.
Take some water in a spray bottle and mix any of these hot spices well.
Leave the mixture for a night. Next day strain away the spices and add some dishwashing detergent and water in the liquid.
You can prepare these homemade sprays for spraying on the crickets directly or on the plants in your yard where they are found nesting.
5- Diatomaceous earth
The powder made of silicon-rich algae skeletons is yet another non-toxic (completely safe for pets) homemade remedy that can be safely used to getting rid of crickets.
This powder when sprinkled around your home or garden causes dehydration in crickets, leaving them dead very soon.
You can buy it from any food store and use it to spray on the indoor or outdoor areas where you see the crickets and other house insects most.
Just make sure that you do not sprinkle it on the wet area as the presence of water can affects its efficiency.
6- Dim the Lights
Most crickets are drawn to your home because of the bright lights that beckon them in the middle of the night. Turn off those lights if you can.
If that is not possible or practical, then switch your outdoor lighting from white to amber or yellow lights.
Colors like yellow and amber do not attract bugs in the same numbers as traditional white lights.
7- Orange Guard
This is a natural product which is created from plant extract.
It is EPA approved, has ingredients that are safe to use around the home, and it is quite effective in getting rid of crickets.
8- Sticky Paper
This simple, effective means of catching crickets is similar to how sticky paper catches flies.
You simply dispose of the paper once it has done its job.
You can also put a little molasses on a plate and set it out for the crickets to consume. They will get stuck as well.
9 – Boric Acid
This natural product is another quite effective way in getting rid of crickets.
Boric acid is safe to use, although when consumed in considerable quantities it may present a danger to kids and pets.
So, if you have either around the home, you may want to use another product.
However, boric acid is one of the best if you are trying to get rid of cricket nests completely.
10- Pet Cats
Cats love crickets. They love to catch and eat them. While a typical cat may not eat that many crickets, their presence is enough to dissuade many crickets from entering your home.
Given that crickets reproduce at a slower rate compared to cockroaches, a single cat may keep many potential cricket invaders from getting inside your home.
Of course, now you have a cat to feed and take care of, but at least they do not chirp like crickets do when you are trying to sleep.
This is a relatively simple way of catching crickets that have made it inside your home. If you can spot the cricket, use your vacuum extension to suck them into the bag.
In most cases, the cricket will not survive the experience. But in case they do, you can either empty the bag well away from your home.
Or you can simply leave them in the bag. At some point they will starve to death.
And finally, it should be noted that frogs and toads love to eat crickets as well. Plus, you do not have to feed and shelter them like you do cats.
Having said that, the noise that they make in the middle of the night might be worse than the crickets, so you may be trading one problem for a bigger one if you are trying to get some sleep.
Welcome to ProShieldPest.com. I am Tina Jones. I have been lately working as a pest removal professional. At present, I love to spend my time with my family as a retiree. Here I share all my knowledge and experiences to help people understand better how they can stop pests at their home without actually killing them. Hopefully, the information you will find here is useful and can help in safeguarding your home! Read more