The chirping of a cricket at night is likely to drive you crazy. These pests are occasional invaders, meaning they end up in homes from time to time. Knowing why crickets enter houses can help you avoid an infestation. We’ve made a list of things that could be attracting crickets to your home.
Crickets prefer environments that are warm, which makes your house a great spot for them. You are more likely to see them in your house when temperatures start to cool. During the fall, crickets begin searching for a place to spend winter including homes and sheds. They gravitate to kitchens and rooms with a heater or fireplace.
Crickets thrive in areas with moisture. If they can find a source of water in your home, they’ll be more likely to stick around. Checking for and repairing leaky pipes and faucets can help prevent crickets. If you have areas in your house with high humidity, consider placing a dehumidifier there to dry things out. Bathrooms and basements are likely hiding spots for these pests.
One of the main reasons pests enter a home is a food source. When outside, crickets feed on plants and insects. However, they won’t turn down your leftover crumbs. Vegetables, fruit, and even your pet’s food can become a food source for crickets. They also have a habit of feeding on fabric and paper.
Your home can also provide crickets with shelter. They can escape cold temperatures and harsh weather conditions. These pests are nocturnal and prefer to spend time in dark areas. They hide under appliances, furniture, and in cracks and crevices. Things like paper and cardboard boxes can act as shelter for crickets too. Minimizing clutter can reduce your chances of dealing with crickets.
Some sources of light can attract crickets, and they are known to gather in large numbers near light. Since crickets are active at night, exterior lighting can lead them to your home. If they can find an entry point, these pests may decide to come inside. Swapping your white light bulbs for yellow light bulbs can help to deter cricket activity.
Suitable Yard Conditions
Though crickets will enter homes, they prefer to live outside. Crickets that enjoy spending time in your yard are only a few steps away from your home. These pests will hide in tall grass, woodpiles, logs, and mulch. They are also attracted to yards with areas where water collects. Keeping your yard free of excess moisture and sources of shelter can help keep crickets away.
Whether you’re battling one cricket or an infestation, knowing what’s attracting them to your home can help you get rid of them. If crickets are giving you a fit, we’re here to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Yard Bug Spray and Home Bug Spray for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.