Eliminate and Prevent Crickets in NJ and PA with Cooper
What is a Cricket?
Crickets have two distinctive features: their large back legs and their chirping. While all crickets can be identified by their powerful hind legs, it is only the male crickets who chirp in order to attract females. Crickets are insects, so they all have six legs, and though they are know for jumping, they also have wings. There are two types of crickets that are commonly found indoors in the New Jersey area:
House Crickets generally live outdoors but they may invade homes in large numbers. They are generally between ¾ of an inch and 1 inch long when fully grown and are a light yellowish-brown in color with three dark bands on their heads. They are nocturnal and they will eat almost everything. House crickets like warm places such as kitchens, fireplaces, and cracks and crevices and behind baseboards. Though they can be irritating, house crickets are harmless to humans.
Camel (Cave or Humpback) Crickets are larger and more intimidating in appearance than house crickets. They grow between ½ of an inch and 1½ inches long. They are light to dark brown in color and favor cool, damp places. Accordingly they are often found in basements and crawlspaces. Like the house cricket, camel crickets will eat almost anything and are harmless to humans.
Why do I have them?
Crickets normally find their way inside when they are seeking warmth and moisture. They tend to prefer living outside in the warmer months and will tend to be less of a problem then. They are also drawn to light at night. Crickets are occasionally introduced when they are brought into a home to feed a pet and escape.
Why should I be concerned with Crickets?
Because crickets will eat practically anything, they can cause damage to clothing and other objects in your home, though the damage is seldom significant unless they are present in large numbers. Also, many people don’t wish to have crickets in their homes and their chirping can be maddening!
How do I get rid of Crickets?
Often making changes to landscaping on the property is helpful to reducing the number of crickets coming indoors. Make sure that the lawn is well maintained and there are not stacks of things such as firewood along the foundation. Sealing cracks and crevices where they can get in to the home is also very important. Pesticide applications to exterior and baiting or pesticide treatments inside can be very effective in dealing with crickets.
What service options are available?
A trained Cooper technician will come out to your home and do interior and exterior treatments that will effectively control the cricket population in your home. If you have a Home Intensive service sealing of cracks and crevices is also included. This service can be preformed as a one-time service and is covered under both home maintenance plans.
What Do It Yourself (DIY) options are available?
You can try to seal up all cracks, crevices, and potential entry points where the crickets could enter your home. You can also switch to yellow (sodium vapor) lights outside since they will attract fewer crickets to them. Adjusting your landscaping to make sure that there are no stacks of wood or highly piled mulch next to the foundation of the house will do a lot to keep crickets away from your foundation. It can also help to reduce any moisture in your home by making sure to fix any leaks that occur.
How soon can you get here?
Pictured Above: Spider Cricket
At Cooper Pest Solutions, our goal is to provide fast, convenient service, with the peace of mind that you are in good hands. We understand that pest problems can be stressful and overwhelming, so we strive to have one of our representatives meet with you the same day or very next day.
Is the treatment environmentally friendly?
There are many eco-friendly options available for cricket control. In addition, all products used by Cooper Pest Solutions are EPA registered for pest control use. Our highly trained pest control professionals will follow all appropriate label requirements in an effort to keep pets and humans safe.
How can I prevent Crickets in the future?
Make sure that you keep your lawn well maintained and keep mulch and wood from piling up against the foundation of your home. You can also switch to yellow (sodium vapor) lights, which attract fewer insects to your home. It is also important to seal cracks, crevices, and other entry points around the home.