What Austin Property Owners Ought To Know About Crickets
August 14, 2020
When one thinks of peaceful summer nights, the sound of crickets chirping comes to mind. Crickets are common insects throughout much of North America, and while they tend to keep to themselves outdoors, sometimes one or more of them will find their way inside.
When crickets move indoors, Austin residents might not be able to sleep. These loud, chirping pests belong outside, so let’s discuss why cricket infestations happen, and what Austin property owners can do to keep them out.
Cricket Identification Tips
Crickets are heard far more often than they are seen, but you should still know what these obnoxious pests look like if they ever do get into your home. Only male crickets chirp, so you can’t always identify them by sound alone.
Crickets have stout, rounded bodies that are capable of camouflaging in nature. A cricket’s head is indistinguishable from the rest of its body, and a pair of black, body-length antennae sit on the cricket’s head. Crickets have six spiny legs which are bent in the middle and flat at the end, and a pair of wings which the males use to “chirp.” Most crickets grow to between ½ an inch and 1 inch in length.
There are many different cricket species in the greater Austin area, but three of these species are the most likely to get inside:
- The camel cricket is dark brown or black, has a “hump” on its back, and may be found in basements or cellars.
- The field cricket is red or black, has a shiny appearance, and are most likely to jump on you by accident.
- House crickets, as the name suggests, are the most likely to enter your home. These crickets are brown and black, are found throughout the U.S., and can survive in many different habitats.
Unless something about a cricket looks noticeably distinct, chances are it’s one of these guys that got into your home.
Problems Crickets Cause In Austin
Crickets by themselves aren’t dangerous. A cricket will rarely bite, and they certainly aren’t venomous. However, Austin homeowners would do well to keep these critters out.
Most obviously, crickets can cause serious sleep problems. Since these nocturnal pests chirp at night, you’ll lie awake for hours trying to locate their incessant chirping. But crickets can cause more than just sleep loss. Crickets can transmit diseases like salmonella and E. coli, and the longer they stay in the house, the more likely these diseases will spread to your pantry. Additionally, crickets can sometimes carry parasites that are spread through their feces, and these parasites can result in allergic reactions or spread to your pets.
Finally, crickets love to chew on papers and fabrics. You might find cricket damage on your clothes, sheets, and towels if you let them stick around.
Household Cricket Prevention Tips
So, what can Austin property owners do to keep these hungry bugs at bay? Consider the following:
- Reduce areas of moisture in the house. Keep the bathroom and kitchen well ventilated, and control the humidity in your basement, garage, and shed.
- Seal points of entry around the house, especially any cracks in your doorframes or windows. Double-check that your vents and pipes are also properly sealed.
- Mow the lawn. Crickets love grasses and woodpiles, so keep your yard tidy and keep woodpiles far away from the house.
On top of these tips, the best way to make sure crickets stay out of your Austin property is to have an ongoing relationship with Bella Bugs. We have the tools to kick crickets out and keep them from returning; when you contact us, we’ll make crickets a pleasant outside noise, and not an indoor threat. Contact us and get started with immediate pest control today!