We often associate the sound of crickets chirping, light breeze and the warm sunny afternoon to a peaceful day. While this is absolutely true, the chirping of crickets can also become a real problem especially if they take up residence inside your house and lay eggs.
They can jump to about 3 feet and can also carry diseases. Certain species of crickets when given the chance will snack on wood, paper, and a variety of fabrics.
You can use traps to get rid of crickets but they are attracted by food and shelter. Removing these is the most effective long-term method of dealing with your noise problem. Let’s look into some of the easy ways of getting a peaceful night’s sleep without having to call a pest control company in the middle of the night for a cricket orchestra.
What are house crickets and why do they chirp?
There are more than 900 unique species of crickets but Acheta Domesticus. These species are also bought as food by people who keep the likes of snakes and lizards. It is also consumed by many people around the world as an easy source of protein.
Warm weathers pull house crickets out of the comfortable indoors and you will find them feasting on plants garbage and bugs. When the temperature drops they move indoors as they prefer warm moist environments where they can survive indefinitely.
If you hear a cricket chirping in your residence, you might want to check carpets and clothing as they are very fond of wool, cotton, silk, and synthetics and items that are soiled with perspiration.
Unlike what is shown in plenty of animated movies over the years, crickets do not create the chirping noise by rubbing the hind legs together.
Instead, crickets use their wings which have large veins that are running down the bottom sides and when they rub one of the wings over the other, the comb-like structure protruding from these veins rub against the top surface of the other wing. This creates a chirping noise.
Crickets are usually nocturnal animals and hence you’re more likely to hear these sounds at night. These noises are meant to attract females and warn off other males.
You can also trick the crickets into thinking that it’s night-time during the day when you have more tolerance for the noise and vice versa.
You can keep them in an aquarium and cover the whole thing with blackout drapes during the day and keep it under bright light at night. This will make them chirp more in the morning when you have more tolerance for it and less at night when you want a peaceful night’s sleep.
What do they look like?
House crickets differ from field crickets in behavior and appearance. Field crickets are more darkish brown to black and can be a trouble to gardeners since they will dine on vegetation and crops.
Adult house crickets are:
- Yellowish-brown in color with dark crossbands on their head usually three of those.
- Between 3 / 4 to 7 / 8 inches in length and slightly smaller than field crickets.
- Have antennas that are threadlike and often longer than the body and their wings lie flat just like a cockroach.
- Have long black legs that give them plenty of jumping capability.
How to know if your residence is infested with crickets?
One cricket in your residence may actually be enough to keep you up at night but a serious pest control problem arises when these crickets move in and start to breed. These may be some of the signs that you should look out for in your home:
- You can hear multiple crickets at night from your indoors
- You have spotted multiple crickets before inside your house
- The rugs and carpets have rough areas and loose fibers
- Clothing kept in warm or damp environments show large holes
- Your furniture chewed along the edges and when checked with magnifying glasses may actually show mandible marks.
How To Get Rid Of Cricket Noise At Night?
- Clean your yard: The first and probably the most effective way of keeping pests especially crickets from your residence is by cleaning your backyard. Remove any conveniences that they have, to stay like food, shelter, or water. Dry out all the damp areas and remove any standing water if you have one.
Like any normal insect, crickets are also attracted to sources of light but they do not really like bright yellow bulbs or sodium vapor bulbs with replicate the daylight. These are very bright lights and honestly, these may also be a problem for your neighborhood but these will keep the crickets at a minimum.
Also, crickets love to hide. Convenient hiding places like the firewood outside should be moved to a shed or the basement, making sure that no crickets can follow inside the house. You can also clear any old furniture or other stuff you don’t need.
Trimming the lawn can also be another method you can use to make your yard a little less tempting location for the crickets. After doing that, you can spread some food-grade diatomaceous earth in the usual hiding places of the crickets. This powder dries out the exoskeleton of the crickets but isn’t toxic for humans or your plants.
- Make your home inhospitable: First of all, you have to make sure that the insects do not follow you inside. Install bug screens on your windows and try to keep the doors closed. You can also seal or fix any unnecessary cracks in the foundations and the walls.
As we already know by now crickets love warm humid environments. Keep your home cool and dry. Fix the leaky pipes and wipe off sinks and counters when you finish using them. You can also use a dehumidifier to keep the air dry inside your house.
However, if you want the crickets that you feed your pet to stop making noises, shift them to a cool corner of the basement. Cover the aquarium with the top so that the heat and humidity can escape and that should make them less chirpy.
- Use bait: There are a lot of things that you can use to lure the crickets into a trap outdoors or indoors. You can either trap it under a jar or a cup and once you have it you can either kill it or release it somewhere.
There’s a famous saying that says that you will catch more flies with honey. You can set a bowl of something sweet and sticky like a bit of Maple syrup or molasses with water. When the crickets descend and get into the mixture, they drown.
You can also use the normal sticky mousetraps and put some cornmeal in the middle and that will also trap them.
- Vinegar and salt: Vinegar and salt are lethal for the crickets and will quickly kill them.
Mix some vinegar into the water at a ratio of around 110 ml per litre and then fill a spray bottle with a mixture. Spray generously in and around the area where the chirping sounds are coming from. This method will kill most crickets with a minute of contact with vinegar.
You can also use salt water if you do not have vinegar currently available. Since it is slightly less effective than vinegar, you could also increase the ratio of salt to the water to about 170 ml per litre.
Lemon juice in the ratio of about 110 ml per litre can also, work very well. Repeat the process above and you will get the desired results.
- Light blocking curtains: You can try to find some extra thick blackout curtains or blinds that will block out all the light escaping through the windows. This will allow you to have lights on your indoors but not allow them to leave through the windows. This will prevent the crickets from being attracted.
You can also consider using acoustic curtains as well. They are thick, heavy curtains that will help dampen the sound of any cricket outdoors.
- Heat: If you have live crickets as your pet food, then it will be much easier to control their environment. Crickets enjoy temperatures between 82°F and 86°F. They are most vocal between these temperatures. If the temperature drops to around 74°F, their chirping as well as the frequency of it will drop.
- White noise: White noise is the result of every frequency that is audible to human beings playing at the same amplitude.
The noise that is created if turned up is enough to drown the chirping of the crickets by allowing it to blend with noise.
- Boric acid: Boric acid is often used as a pesticide and it is a monobasic Lewis acid of boron that can be effective against crickets and other insects. It usually comes in pellet, powder, and tablet form and should be placed in areas where the crickets usually nest. Keep children and pets away from these areas as it can cause vomiting and other flu-like symptoms if ingested.
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Like fireflies, crickets are also a sign of summer and the sound of the chirping can be quite pleasant outdoors on a warm night. However, indoors they can be very destructive.
They can nibble on carpets, upholstered furniture, bedding, and clothing. You can use the above-mentioned strategies to get rid of crickets in and around your home quickly.