This is the fourteenth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
The most famous cricket of all time has to be Jiminy Cricket. He has one thing in common with his nonfictional cricket friends:
….he can be really irritating when he sings. Everyone at our Ft. Myers pest control company understands the annoyance of late night cricket noises.
In all seriousness, crickets are a common bug that don’t pose any threat to you. Some people do get a little freaked out when surprised by a cricket in their house. A cricket looks like a cross between grasshopper and a cockroach.
In other countries, people eat crickets or keep them for pets. In America, crickets are usually sold as pet food or as fish bait.
Crickets are nocturnal, so it’s usually nighttime when you are kept awake by a male cricket singing to the females. The chirping sounds that you hear are actually different for each species of cricket. That’s an entertaining fact for entomologists, but is probably not a great help to you if you’re trying to get to sleep.
In the unlikely event that you are extremely bothered by crickets, you can eliminate them with pesticides that are designed to kill cockroaches. You can also use the “roach motel” style products which will catch crickets like any other bug.
If all else fails, you may have to just hope that crickets’ natural predators keep their numbers in check. Spiders, lizards, frogs, birds, mice and even cats will eat crickets. So, if any of those creatures sound less freaky to you than crickets, you might be happy to have them around your home.
If crickets are a problem for you and their natural predators are not taking care of them for you, then you may need our Ft. Myers Pest Control Company. We has served the needs of Southwest Florida since 1978, offering a complete line of services for both residential and commercial properties, including: pest control, mosquito control, and termite protection. For more information on controlling crickets and other household pests contact us online or simply call (800) 314-8813.