It’s that time of year on Long Island again—cricket season! Crickets are a very common pest for Long Island homeowners. While seeing a cricket or two may not seem like a pest control emergency, keep in mind that female crickets reproduce frequently and quickly, and what starts as a few pests can turn into a cricket infestation in no time. Luckily, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can get rid of crickets in your basement this season.
What Attracts Crickets?
On Long Island, we see a few different cricket species: the house cricket, the cave cricket/camel cricket, and the field cricket. Though they each have some biological and behavioral differences, for the most part, they are attracted to the same areas of your home. In particular, crickets seek out moisture, which is why you’re most likely to encounter them in your basement, crawl space, garage, or shed. Crickets love basements in particular when they’re similar to a cave—dark and damp. Crickets are also drawn to warmth, as well as shelter, especially if there’s bad weather outside.
How to Prevent Crickets
Want to see fewer crickets in your house?
- Start by running a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in your basement or crawlspace. You’ll not only see fewer crickets, but also help prevent roaches, sowbugs, pillbugs, centipedes, silverfish, and other common household pests!
- You should also look outside to see where insects can easily enter your home. Are there any unsealed cracks, crevices, or openings by pipes? Seal those openings.
- Don’t forget to check your dryer vents. Open dryer vents also allow bugs to enter your home. Fix all leaking pipes and your leaky sump pump.
- Do you see a lot of cobwebs in a certain area? Spiders are showing you where insects easily enter your home.
- Last but not least, you’ll need to trim your shrubs and remove dead plant material from your home’s foundation.
Dealing With Crickets in Your Basement? Give Suburban A Call!
Don’t let crickets take over your basement this fall. Call Suburban Exterminating today to solve your cricket problems 631-864-6900 or 516-864-6900!