Late summer and fall in Texas typically means it’s cricket season. While not particularly dangerous, crickets can become a huge nuisance in homes and businesses and cause damage to clothing and other fabrics. If you are tired of the yearly cricket invasion, learn how to gain control over these pests before they take over your home again.
Crickets in Texas
One of the most common species of cricket in Texas is the black field cricket (Gryllus assimilis), often simply called a field cricket. These crickets do not breed or live indoors permanently, but during their mating season in the months of August and September, they can accidently enter homes and become unwelcome guests.
Once indoors, field crickets can stain household fabrics with their feces and vomitus. Although they typically do not eat clothing, they may feed on it if it is dirty or sweat-stained. Crickets can also just be plain disgusting. Businesses find them unpleasing to their customers, and homeowners do not want them constantly jumping out at them. Luckily, there are a few key things you can do to prevent crickets.
Cricket Control Options
Change Outdoor Lighting
By far the most important thing you can do to prevent crickets is to fix your outdoor lighting. Crickets are extremely attracted to bright lights, especially during the swarming season when they are looking for mates. Try these tips and tricks with your outdoor lighting:
- Turn off your outdoor lights as early as possible
- Replace bright bulbs with bulbs that are less attractive to bugs. Low-pressure sodium vapor lamps and yellow incandescent bug lights are good options.
- Move outdoor lights farther away from entry points like doors and windows
- If they are not necessary for security reasons, turn your floodlights off during mating season
Seal the Exterior
Fixing your outdoor lighting situation is only one part of the puzzle. You also need to make sure that the crickets can’t get inside your home by sealing the exterior.
- Seal all cracks and gaps around your home with caulk or expandable spray foam, especially those near outdoor lights
- Make sure that all windows have screens that are intact and without holes or tears
- Ensure that windows have weatherstripping
- Install door sweeps and make sure that all doors (including the garage) form a tight seal when closed
- Fill weep holes with steel wool to maintain ventilation and prevent entry from pests
Baits and Sprays
Once you have taken the preventative measures mentioned above, you may also need to take it one step further and try using baits and sprays to get rid of the crickets. There are several approved cricket control products.
- Granular baits can be applied to ground cover
- Liquid insecticides can be used as a barrier treatment around your home and its main entry points
Texas Cricket Control
If you are struggling to get rid of crickets, call the professionals at EcoArmor Pest Defense. We serve the great people of Anna, Texas and the surrounding areas. As a veteran-owned and operated company, you can expect the highest standards in customer service and quality. For Anna, TX pest control, you won’t find better than EcoArmor Pest Defense!