Late summer and into Autumn is the season of the cricket. We’ve all see those buildings covered with black field crickets as though they have gathered for some horror flick from Hollywood. There are some things that you can do to deter crickets and to help control the cricket population around your home or office. In thig blog, we look at some fall chores for cricket control
- Change your porch light and exterior lights to yellow incandescent bulbs. Crickets are night insects and they are very much attracted to light. Yellow light is less of an attraction than is white light which is like the moon and they use the moon and stars to navigate. Changing the lights from white to yellow makes your home or office building less of a target.
- Check windows and doors for screen and weather stripping. Crickets will happily wiggle under your door or through a tattered window screen. They are looking for mates, food, and water.
- Consider the benefits of an early season pest control program. It takes about 90 days for a cricket to mature and they swarm once they are adults and grow their wings. If you begin a pest control program in late spring and early summer, you can really decrease the number of adult crickets before they swarm. Bait systems are best but should always be used with caution so that they are properly deployed, refreshed, and effective.
Crickets tend to lay their eggs in bare dirt in late fall. The soil acts as a protectant from the cold winters and come spring, they hatch and begin to feed. Once they grow wings, which is usually in later summer, they swarm and mate and start the process all over again. A pest management program helps reduce the horrifying swarm around homes and business.
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