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Old 07-17-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Vegas Baby
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Default How to get rid of crickets in the house ... NEED suggestions

I've seen what appear to be crickets EVERYWHERE in my house! I think they are crickets but I never hear any chirping. I'm sooo SCARED of bugs of pretty much any kind so to say they're creeping me out would be an UNDERSTATEMENT! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of them? I have some spray I got from Home Depot ... I've sprayed outside and inside it doesn't seem to be working. I've had the spray since last year when I had ants and the spray worked great. Now ... it doesn't seem to be working at all. The crickets seem to be multiplying!! I'm currently on UE so if there's a "cheap/cheaper" fix that's what I'd LOVE to try first. However ... I'm also open to a reasonably priced exterminator if things continue not to work.


Suggestions GREATLY appreciated!
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Orange County
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I thought crickets were supposed to bring good luck?
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: ɐpɐʌǝu 'sɐƃǝʌ sɐl
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Release a couple dozen house geckos or anoles.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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I've seen what appear to be crickets EVERYWHERE in my house! I think they are crickets but I never hear any chirping. I'm sooo SCARED of bugs of pretty much any kind so to say they're creeping me out would be an UNDERSTATEMENT! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of them? I have some spray I got from Home Depot ... I've sprayed outside and inside it doesn't seem to be working. I've had the spray since last year when I had ants and the spray worked great. Now ... it doesn't seem to be working at all. The crickets seem to be multiplying!! I'm currently on UE so if there's a "cheap/cheaper" fix that's what I'd LOVE to try first. However ... I'm also open to a reasonably priced exterminator if things continue not to work.


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The crickets are in your house for the water, food and cooler environment. Take away their water and food and there will be a lot less of them. You'll also need to find out how they're getting in. Look around the perimeter of your house for piles of "black pepper" -- their droppings. In our case, they were using a space in the moulding near the front door to get into the walls. Once in the walls, they'll find a way into the living space. Caulk any entry points.

Next, there's food and water. Wipe down the sinks and showers after use. Place screen covers over drains. (Go to Market 168 on Spring Valley and Jones for the screens.) Don't let pet food and water stay out all night. Give them no reason to want to enter your house in the first place. There's no way short of mad amounts of poison of keeping bugs out of the garage. If you store your trash and recycling in the garage, you're inviting the bugs in. Finally, we use boric acid under the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and everyplace else bugs like to hide.

A few years ago, we had a pretty-bad infestation of mormon crickets -- there were hundreds of them in the house. I used a shop vac to vacuum them all up. And then I started the "plug the holes" and "deny them food and water" strategies. We STILL get the errant bug. But nothing really bad.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Henderson
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I like to use the sticky paper to catch them once they are in the house or garage. I think that they create nests under the slab so you have to find out where their entrance/exit is and then but the sticky paper there. Definitely spray the yard and the perimeter of the house.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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I like to use the sticky paper to catch them once they are in the house or garage. I think that they create nests under the slab so you have to find out where their entrance/exit is and then but the sticky paper there. Definitely spray the yard and the perimeter of the house.
We grow much of our own food. Spraying poison everywhere isn't a good option, in my opinion.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:45 PM
 
Location: In my house
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I've seen what appear to be crickets EVERYWHERE in my house! I think they are crickets but I never hear any chirping. I'm sooo SCARED of bugs of pretty much any kind so to say they're creeping me out would be an UNDERSTATEMENT! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of them? I have some spray I got from Home Depot ... I've sprayed outside and inside it doesn't seem to be working. I've had the spray since last year when I had ants and the spray worked great. Now ... it doesn't seem to be working at all. The crickets seem to be multiplying!! I'm currently on UE so if there's a "cheap/cheaper" fix that's what I'd LOVE to try first. However ... I'm also open to a reasonably priced exterminator if things continue not to work.


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First, make sure they are crickets and not something else. Post a photo. IF they are crickets, you would hear them chirping and never be able to find them. Cats can find them though.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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First, make sure they are crickets and not something else. Post a photo. IF they are crickets, you would hear them chirping and never be able to find them. Cats can find them though.
I disagree. When we had our "hundreds of them in the house" infestation, they just scuttled along the floor, not making much noise. They chirp when hidden. So at least you can find them.

In Key West, we had house geckos that took care of the bugs. One of them was the size of a mouse, and lived in the cabinets above the stove. I miss that little guy.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:44 PM
 
Location: In my house
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I disagree. When we had our "hundreds of them in the house" infestation, they just scuttled along the floor, not making much noise. They chirp when hidden. So at least you can find them.
You are wrong about one thing: When they chirped, *I* could never find them. I would look all over the place. The cats would run right to them! The crickets always sounded like they were always somewhere else, each time I thought i found their hiding spot.
An infestation of crickets wouldn't bother me. My cats would think it was Christmas.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Vegas Baby
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Thanks for the suggestions (to those who gave them). I've been researching online also hoping to find suggestions and I'm going to give a few things a try prior to calling an exterminator.
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