How The Crickets In Tucson May Be Worse Than You Think
July 15, 2021
What is something you can think of that is as wonderful as it is horrible? The first thing that comes to our mind is crickets. These insects make beautiful symphonies late at night when they chirp together. However, they are extremely annoying when one is chirping in a home at two in the morning. If you have ever had the pleasure of being awakened by one of these pests, you know exactly what we are talking about. What makes things worse is that chirping isn’t the only problem crickets cause around Tucson homes. To help you better understand these pests, here are a few things to consider.
Why Crickets Invade Homes
Crickets prefer to live outdoors when conditions are suitable for their survival. If temperatures drop or a storm rolls through, these pests will be quick to look for shelter. Often, they migrate into homes and other man-made structures. Another reason these pests come indoors is to hunt for food. If you didn’t know, crickets eat other insects. If your living areas are crawling or buzzing with other pests like ants and ladybugs, you will have a higher likelihood of finding crickets indoors as well.
How Crickets Invade Homes
Your home’s exterior is your first line of defense against pests. When looking to invade, crickets search the chinks in your home’s armor. These cracks can be anything from a gap through a foundational block, a rip in a door screen, or an improperly installed piece of weatherstripping. To exclude crickets from your living areas, here are a few exclusion tips to try.
- Use a caulking gun to seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Install door sweeps under doors leading out of your home.
- Repair damage to window/door screens.
- Make sure weather stripping around your home is installed properly and in good condition.
- Keep unscreened doors and windows closed when they are not in use.
Other Prevention Tips For Crickets
Beyond making sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed, there are a few other things you should be doing to keep crickets out of your living areas. Our experts recommend you address sources of moisture build-up, tidy up your yard, keep your grass cut short, and clean your home regularly. In addition to this, keep outdoor lights off at night or invest in insect-resistant bulbs.
The Dangers Crickets Pose
There is no denying that crickets are annoying, especially when they play their song all night in a quiet home. The question is, are these pests dangerous? Yes. Although not as harmful as other area insects, crickets are known to carry a range of diseases that they can spread through their bites. Some diseases these pests can transmit cause painful sores in humans. Thankfully, these sores are not life-threatening and mostly are just painful and uncomfortable. Your likelihood to be bitten by a cricket depends on how you handle these pests. If you handle them roughly or trap them in your hands, they might attack you to get away.
The Benefits Of Professional Pest Control
If you never want to hear or see crickets in your home again, you need professional pest control services, courtesy of Preventative Pest Control. Our advanced general pest control plans establish a lasting protective barrier around area properties and deter insects like crickets from coming inside and causing trouble.
Reach out to our team today if you have questions about pests that live in our area and schedule your Tucson home for a detailed inspection. We will send a technician your way to answer your pest-related problems. We're here to help!