Hardiness Zone: 10a
By JayJayKay from Los Angeles, CA
The Chinese believe it is very very bad luck to kill a cricket. Why did you move there if you don't like the wildlife?
We had the same problem this summer. They were all over the place this year. All over outside, so loud they would wake us up. Then they started getting in the house too! It was driving us crazy, it was like camping outside in a loud field!It was just getting worse & worse.
We had this problem a few years ago & got 'cricket bait' granules at Walmart, but I couldn't find anything anywhere. Finally, at Ace Hardware I found "Terro Multi-Purpose Insect Bait". It is long lasting, weather resistant & works on ants, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, silverfish, slugs & snails. The stuff I found was in a 3lb shaker can with a handle so you could hold it at the top & shake the granules out of the bottom.
I went around the entire outside perimeter of the house shaking the stuff against the base of the house. I also took a plastic spoon & tossed a few granules near the doors & behind the bookcase in the room where we were getting them(our bedroom!) & kept the door shut so the cat wouldn't get in there. Literally within 24 hours the sound of singing crickets was nearly gone! We found only 1 dead cricket, but within the week, we achieved peace again & so far it's been about a month & it's stayed that way!
If you have pets that like to catch & eat crickets, be very careful as this is not supposed to be used indoors & they could catch a poisoned cricket.
Short of poisoning the heck out of your back yard, (and what an ecological disaster, not to mention the potential harm to you, kids, pets, beneficial insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians....), I am not sure there is much you can do to discourage them outdoors. If you have any heavily mulched or untrimmed areas that might be harboring them, you could try to trim or use a stone mulch there. (Eliminate food sources and hiding places.) Good luck.
How can I get rid of annoying crickets? I have one somewhere in my home and cannot find it and it is extremely loud, or seems to be when I get up early in the morning and the place is quiet. Any and all advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
jmz2005 from Illinois (8/21/2006)
Does anyone have suggestions on how to rid my backyard and garage of a cricket infestation that has invaded? I have pets, children and a swimming pool, so I would like to avoid any harsh chemicals or bug killers.
Hardiness Zone: 10a
Jennifer from California
There is a bug spray that hubby buys at the hardware store. He sprays the perimeter around the house and it does cut down on them.
Check, but I don't think it harms pets. (09/13/2006)
My house is being overtaken by crickets! Can anyone give me any tips or advice on getting rid of these things? They are mostly on the outside but there are like millions of them. Now they are starting to come inside, they give me the willys! Any advice greatly appreciated! Thanks, Judy from Eakly, Ok
My son has crickets in the basement he would like to get rid off them. Please advise what to use, thanks.
Evelyne from Toronto, Canada
By Christine IN
We called an exterminator and while we waited for him to find a time to check out out situation, I ran to the local hardware superstore and got a gallon of bug spray.
I sprayed it into the cracks outside our home's foundation and into the walls and ceilings of our basement. Sounds like exhausting work but really, it wasn't.
And guess what: this week, we began to see little, dead crickets along our basement floor, and we no longer hear their "serenade!"
The stuff we bought is called "Bug Stop" and it is made by Spectracide. It cost about five bucks. Pretty efficient way to go, if you ask me :)! Hope this helps. (09/22/2007)
By Anne in Chicago
I am lucky to have a source from the local race track for straw that has been in the stalls, and enriched by the horses for mulching my garden. I love not having to pull weeds, and then tilling it into the soil in the fall to enrich the soil. But it has caused one effect that I need some help with.
Last summer, I had a hard time growing pole beans because they were eaten off as soon as the poked up out of the soil. I blamed the rabbits at first, bun then discovered that my straw mulch was hiding lots of crickets, and they were observed chewing on my young bean plants. I would like to treat my garden with something to deter the crickets.
Would it help to put down something on the ground before I add the mulch, and what would work best? I use insecticides sparingly, but I do use them when nothing else works. I am thinking a little Sevin dust under the mulch might work. But I am definitely open to other suggestions.
Hardiness Zone: 7b
Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas
I am lucky to have a source from the local race track for straw that has been in the stalls, and enriched by the horses for mulching my garden.
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