Every gardener knows how much the plants in the garden are affected by the presence of the pests. Whether it’s vegetables, plants with flowers or fruit trees, they must be permanently protected from mites, lice, fleas, beetles, caterpillars, ants, muscles, mice or other pests. Even if we like to think about relaxing when we hear them singing, these are not quite safe for your garden. The crickets are easy to recognize after long antennas and large legs. However, they are not very pleasant guests so you need to learn how to get rid of crickets as soon as possible. Keep reading!
How do we get rid of crickets?
In the fight against pests, prevention is the most important step. Crickets are attracted to garbage, moisture, and strong lights. To make sure they do not get into the house, make sure all the cracks are covered, mosquito nets are installed on the windows and doors, and the moisture in your home does not exceed normal limits. Also, take care that your garbage is not scattered.
If you have a cat as a pet, then you can be relieved: cats, spiders, and lizards are the natural predators of crickets.
1. The first step
This is getting rid of crickets by locating them. That’s why you need a few hours in the garden where only their song is heard. Most of the time, they are hidden under the bushes, in some appliances or near the garbage.
2. Get rid of the eggs
As in any pest struggle, it’s very important to get rid of the eggs they put. To get rid of the cricket eggs, special insecticides can be used, or the infested area can be sucked in and then disinfected. If you have decided to vacuum the eggs, the contents of the vacuum cleaner bag must be placed in a sealed bag and thrown outdoors.
3. Catch the crickets with a bait
This easy method is the most effective, especially for those who are in the corners and cracks. Thus, another way you can get rid of crickets is trapping. Even if there are baits or adhesive traps, they are effective when placed near a source of heat or moisture or in hard-to-reach places. Adhesive traps do not pose a danger to your plants.
Also, put a few teaspoons of molasses (a chocolate liquid that has a brown color that results from the manufacture of sugar) in a small bowl, and fill it with water to half. Crickets adore this mixture and jump into this bowl when they smell it. Change frequently the pot.
The cricket bait is usually found in specialized stores and uses the same basic method to catch crickets. If you use it, make sure that your family and pets will not stay close to it because it is a toxic substance.
4. Place traps
Glue traps are a great way to catch crickets. Being non-toxic, it does not jeopardize your children or pets, who may be allergic to beetle sprays, which may be poisonous. Place traps in the place where you think crickets might be hidden, such as walls, windows or doors. The possibility that crickets fall into your trap is even greater as it is closer to a source of heat or moisture.
5. Allow natural predators to stay with you
– lizards and spiders are the natural predators of the crickets, so if you want to share your time with them, you will not have any problems with cricket infestation. You must avoid spraying the indoor space with insecticides because they are toxic.
– if lizards or spiders are not your greatest pleasure, cats and birds are also the natural predators of crickets.