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Elimination

We suggest treating both inside and outside of dwellings towards the end of summer, when crickets want to get inside. Indoors, the first step is to clean out all decomposing organic matter from the basement. Then, spread a residual insecticide like Maheu&Maheu Crawling Insect Killer or Maheu&Maheu Insecticide Dust , in cracks, breaches, and any other hiding place that could provide shelter for these insects. Using this type of insecticide is preferable because it remains effective for several weeks.

Outside, we recommend treating the base of foundations with a liquid insecticide such as Maheu&Maheu Rampex . In most cases, a localized treatment will be sufficient for crickets inside or outside dwelling structures.

Actions

  • Put out glue traps inside the house
  • Spot treat with insecticide indoors
  • Spray or treat the outside perimeter of the house with an insecticide as well as the outsides of windows and doors if a lot of insects are getting in

Prevention

  • Get rid of any rotting organic matter around the building
  • Seal the outsides of windows, doors, eaves, chimneys, etc. as completely as possible

Description and development

Cickets are heterometabolous insects of the order of orthoptera and family ofGryllidae . Field Crickets (Gryllus sp. ), House Crickets (Acheta domesticus L. ) and Cave Crickets or Camel Crickets (Ceutophilus sp. ) are the species most commonly found in and around homes. House Crickets are the species most likely to develop indoors. The female lays her eggs one at a time in cracks and breaches. Crickets develop relatively slowly. The eggs are very resistant to frost and hatch in the spring. All adult crickets die during the winter.

Habits

Crickets enter the dwelling—especially towards the end of summer—in search of damp, dark places. At night, their constant chirping can be unbearable. Males produce the sound by rubbing their hind legs together. Crickets feed on both animal and vegetable matter, but can also cause significant damage to fabrics.

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