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What are crickets?

Crickets are insects that are very common in Overland Park. They are light brown and grow up to about an inch in length. Crickets have three pairs of legs. The back pair is large and thick to help them jump. They have a long pair of antennae and a set of wings.

Crickets are nocturnal insects that prefer warm, moist locations, which is why when the weather turns cooler, they often end up inside houses. They eat plants and dead insects while outside, but if they get into your home, they will feed on clothing and other fabrics.

a cricket on a plant

Are crickets dangerous?

Crickets are not dangerous. They are not known to spread diseases or cause structural damage to your home. However, if there are crickets in your house, they will cause damage to your belongings by feeding on them. Although the damage caused by a single cricket to fabric is difficult to identify, if you have a more significant infestation, you'll start to notice damage to your clothing and other materials.

Furthermore, a cricket infestation is bad for your peace of mind. Although hearing occasional chirping outside can be nice, constantly hearing it in your house is not fun. In order to stop the chirping, you must eliminate the cricket infestation.

Why do I have a cricket problem?

Unlike many pests that move indoors searching for a food source, you won't typically find cricket food sources inside. Crickets can survive indoors by eating whatever fabrics they find, but their preferred foods are outdoors.

Instead, you're likely to end up with a cricket problem because your home provides them with a warm, moist environment in which to live comfortably. If the weather has been particularly cold or dry, you may be more likely to find crickets in your house. Similarly, crickets are more likely to move in and make themselves comfortable if your home has high humidity areas.

Where will I find crickets?

If crickets get into your house, they'll look for warm, humid areas where they will spend most of their time. They hide in dark areas during the day, so looking for crickets in basement areas or other dark and humid storage areas in your house is a great place to start.

Outside, you can often find crickets congregating near lights and on walls at night. Because they prefer dark, moist areas, you might also find them in mulched gardens, wood piles, or debris on your lawn.

How do I get rid of crickets?

To get rid of crickets in your house, you'll need the help of the Overland Park pest professionals at Mantis Pest Solutions. We provide eco-friendly treatments that will eliminate the crickets in and around your home. We'll then offer recurring services to maintain a protective barrier around your house to keep crickets from returning.

How can I prevent crickets in the future?

Preventing crickets from getting into your house is a wise idea. You can start by making your home less attractive to crickets by keeping moisture levels low inside and outside, ensuring proper ventilation in basements, crawl spaces, and bathroom areas, not overwatering plants and garden areas outside, and making sure your house has adequate drainage around it.

Sealing cracks, gaps, holes, and other openings in your house is an excellent way to prevent crickets from being able to get inside. Replacing your outdoor light bulbs with yellow bulbs also helps make your home less attractive to crickets.

Finally, having cricket control services performed by Mantis Pest Solutions will provide the protection you need to ensure that crickets do not get into your house again. Call us for a free quote.

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