What are crickets?
Crickets are common household invaders in Missouri and Oklahoma. They are yellowish-brown, brown, or mottled in color, and may or may not have banding. Crickets have powerful hind legs that they use for jumping. Their antennae are as long or longer than their bodies. Depending on the species, crickets may or may not chirp. Crickets are omnivores and feed on a variety of plant materials and other insects. They hide during the day and are active at night.
Are crickets dangerous?
Crickets do not cause major property damage, nor do they spread disease to people. Crickets are not dangerous pests, but they are a nuisance when they invade commercial properties. They hide in difficult-to-reach areas, and can be challenging to find and eliminate. Species that chirp may become an annoyance for your employees and customers. Crickets can cause damage to fabric items inside your business, such as curtains, upholstered furniture, clothing, wallpaper, and indoor plants.
Why do I have a cricket problem?
Crickets prefer to live outside, but they do move inside to take advantage of a temperature-controlled, warm environment. Crickets move inside when the weather outside becomes too hot or dry for them to live comfortably. They enter through cracks in a building's foundation and exterior walls, through gaps around windows and doors, through open doors, and through spaces around utilities and vents that lead indoors through exterior walls.
Where will I find crickets?
Crickets live in a variety of places. Outside, they hide out during the day underneath stones, wood piles, landscaping ties, fallen trees, and rotting logs. Inside commercial properties, cricket typically inhabit spaces that mimic their outdoor environment, such as basements, bathrooms, crawl spaces, storage rooms, and laundry facilities.
How do I get rid of crickets?
The best way to keep crickets from invading your Kansas business is to partner with a pest control professional. At Pinnacle Solutions, we specialize in providing customer-focused, commercial pest control services to protect a wide variety of facilities and industries from difficult to control crickets. To learn more about the cricket control services we offer, contact us!
Our team of experienced professionals utilizes advanced treatments and eco-friendly products to accurately identify the cricket species you're dealing with, and provide consistent treatment to solve your property’s cricket problem for good. Learn more about our commercial pest control services and how they can help protect your Topeka-area commercial property from cricket invasions and the problems they cause. Reach out to us at Pinnacle Solutions for more information!
How can I prevent crickets in the future?
Preventing problems with crickets can be a difficult task. There are several things you can do in and around your commercial facility to stop them from damaging your business and its reputation:
Seal cracks and crevices in your building's foundation and exterior walls.
Place weather stripping around windows and doors.
Keep delivery and other doors shut when not being used.
Trim tall grasses and overgrown vegetation away from the foundation of your building.
Remove excess debris like wood piles, rock piles, leaf piles, and grass piles from your property.
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