Crickets prefer to spend their time outside in your yard. However, when their environment no longer suits their needs, they will head indoors. Pest-proofing your home can help keep these chirping pests away. We’ve made a list of 5 tips to help keep crickets out of your house.
1. Seal Cracks & Gaps
One of the best ways to stop crickets from entering your home is to seal any entry points.
- Examine the interior and exterior of your home for cracks or gaps. Seal holes with caulk or steel wool.
- Make sure door and window screens don’t have tears.
- Check that weather stripping and door sweeps are in good repair.
- Crickets like to hang out in kitchens, basements, and bathrooms so pay extra attention to these areas.
2. Reduce Moisture
Crickets are attracted to damp and humid environments. Reduce moisture build-up in your home and yard to prevent these pests.
- Repair or replace leaky pipes and faucets.
- Keep your gutters clean and working properly.
- Remove items in your yard where moisture can accumulate including watering cans, toys, and flowerpots.
- Place a dehumidifier in rooms prone to dampness to help reduce moisture.
- Install vents in bathrooms.
3. Remove Sources of Shelter
If crickets can find a safe place to hide, they’ll be more likely to hang around your home.
- Keep your lawn trimmed and free of weeds.
- Remove yard debris like leaves, excess mulch, and logs where crickets can hide.
- If you have firewood, store it several feet away from your house. Keeping it near your home can make it easier for crickets to slip inside your house.
- It’s also important to keep your home free of clutter to minimize potential hiding spots.
4. Remove Food Sources
Crickets aren’t picky when it comes to their food. They eat items found in your pantry including grains. These pests will also feed on fruit, vegetables, and pet food.
- Storing your produce in the fridge can help keep hungry crickets away.
- Place pantry items and pet food in sealed containers.
- Clean up crumbs and spills.
- Vacuuming will not only help to catch any missed crumbs, but it will also remove cricket eggs from your house.
- Crickets eat insects, which is why pest-proofing your home is important. Keeping your home free of other pests will help to prevent crickets.
5. Create a Protective Barrier
Spraying your yard with a plant-based insecticide spray can help to prevent crickets. Our Yard Bug Spray kills crickets and other pests on contact while also providing residual repellency. This will act as a protective barrier helping to keep crickets out. You can also spray near doors, windows, and other entry points with our Home Bug Spray. It will help to kill and repel crickets.
Making your home and yard as unwelcoming as possible is key to keeping crickets away. If pests are bugging you, we have your back! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.