Spiders, ants, wasps – these are all pests that you would rather keep far away from your home. However, crickets usually don’t rank that high on your list of annoying pests. At night, a few chirps outside may even add to the ambiance of summer. Yet, like any pest, when you have an abundance of crickets, you have a problem.
Are Crickets Harmful?
Some crickets can bite, but they typically aren’t powerful enough to break the skin or even cause much pain when they take that chomp. What you really need to worry about is the fact that crickets can carry parasites and bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. They crawl over your house potentially spreading these harmful bacteria in your home, and in large numbers can leave you with an excrement problem.
Outside of diseases, the major problem that comes with an abundance of crickets either in or outside the home is the noise. Non-stop chirping, particularly inside the home, is a maddening problem to have when trying to sleep.
Finally, crickets are a viable food option for a lot of more predatory insects. This means crickets may be the beginning of another insect infestation like spiders that will come to prey on them.
Crickets are often not viewed as a particularly problematic pest because they don’t cause a lot of damage. Even when they nibble on your plants, they typically don’t cause the plant life much harm. These chirpy insects aren’t going to chew into your cereal bag and contaminate it. They won’t chew up your walls and into your wood. However, they are simply annoying, and that is enough for most people to want to be rid of them.
If you have an abundance of crickets in or around your home, we can help. Contact us today to see what the professionals at Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control can do to help. There are a lot of strategies and treatments we can employ for what would be considered “general” pests like crickets to keep them out of your home.