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10 September

Are Crickets Invading Your Home?

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Which do you prefer? The sound of a leaf blower or a chorus of crickets?  It’s almost fall on Long Island and we’re beginning to hear both!

Besides the chirping noise, crickets can eat holes in clothes, drapery, furniture and other fabrics.

Basic Facts about Crickets on Long Island

What kind of crickets are found on Long Island? On Long Island, you may find field crickets, camel / cave crickets or house crickets. Overall, in the United States, there are over 120 species.

House crickets can damage silk, woolens, paper, fruits and vegetables. House crickets typically invade in large numbers and can create a lot of damage to a lot of different products. While field crickets don’t always live long, they are also hard to control. Camel crickets don't make any sound.

Why do crickets come inside? Crickets are just starting to move inside to get warm. They also move into homes to look for water. Crickets love your basement when it is similar to a cave – dark and damp.  

How long do crickets live? Most crickets can live for a year or more. They grow by molting. House crickets get their common name from the fact that they often enter houses where they can survive indefinitely. 

What do crickets do? How do they behave? Crickets hide in the daytime – making them nocturnal.  They hide to avoid predators.

Male crickets choose a spot to get the loudest sound that they can. They rub their legs together to make that chirping sound. They defend these places from other males.  Males sometime have chirping "duels", each one trying to sound better for potential mates.

Crickets are more active and chirp faster/ louder on a warm night.

What do they eat? Many crickets are omnivores: they eat fruit, nectar, seeds, small insects, some leaves, and will even nibble on dead larger animals. For food, camel crickets consume wood, carpet, fungi, cardboard, other insects, and even other camel crickets in some instances.

How to prevent crickets from invading? Start by running a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in your basement or crawlspace. You’ll see fewer crickets, sowbugs, pillbugs, centipedes, silverfish and others!

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.

Getting Rid of Crickets on Long Island

If you are experiencing a cricket infestation, please give Suburban Exterminating a call at (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900.   We will correctly identify the invading pest and create a pest control solution to cover all phases of extermination.





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