Crickets prefer to spend their time outside, but they do occasionally enter homes. If they can find shelter, moisture, and food, they’ll be more likely to stick around. Making your home as unwelcoming as possible will help to prevent a cricket infestation. Check out a few tips to help keep crickets away.
Seal Cracks & Gaps
Preventing crickets begins with eliminating potential entry points. Here are a few things to do to keep these pests out.
- Seal holes using caulk or steel wool
- Make sure weather-stripping is in good condition
- Install door sweeps
- Place screens over vents
- Repair or replace torn door and window screens
Crickets prefer damp environments and often enter homes in search of water. Reducing moisture in your home can help keep crickets away.
- Repair or replace leaky pipes
- Use a dehumidifier or fan to reduce moisture build-up
- Remove items in your yard that collect water
- Keep your gutters clean and working properly
Remove Food Sources
While crickets will eat other insects, they don’t mind feeding on other things too. Here are a few tips to keep crickets from eating things in your home.
- Clean up crumbs and spills
- Remove unnecessary paper and cardboard
- Keep fruit and vegetables stored in the refrigerator
- Store pantry items and pet food in sealed containers
Keep Your Yard & Home Clean
If your home or yard is filled with clutter, crickets will have plenty of places to hide. Check out a few things you can do to prevent crickets.
- Remove piles of paper and cardboard boxes
- Remove yard debris including leaves and rotting logs
- Remove excess mulch
- Keep firewood stored at least 20 feet away from your house
- Trim overgrown vegetation and grass
- Vacuuming won’t just clean up crumbs, it can also remove crickets and their eggs
Swap Your Light Bulbs
Crickets are attracted to bright white lights and are known to gather in large numbers near light. Swapping your light bulbs for warm-hued yellow bulbs can help deter cricket activity. You can also use motion detector lights to reduce the amount of light found in your yard.
Create a Protective Barrier
Spraying the perimeter of your yard with a plant-based insecticide spray can help keep crickets away. Our Yard Bug Spray kills pests on contact and provides residual repellency. You can also spray near doors, windows, and other entry points with our Home Bug Spray. This will create a protective barrier helping to keep crickets out.
Use a Plant-Based Insecticide Dust
To help get rid of crickets, you can use a plant-based insecticide dust like our Spider & Insect Dust. The dust can be applied to areas with cricket activity. It kills pests on contact and can provide you with long-lasting protection. When undisturbed, it will remain effective for up to ten years.
Having crickets chirping at night can make for an unpleasant experience. Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep these pests away. If crickets or other pests are giving you a fit, we’re here to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.