Crickets are known for their annoying noise and constant chirping. These pests will also feed on almost anything around and inside your home, including walls and fabric. Severe cricket infestations can cause damage outdoors by eating crops, flowers and decorative plants. Indoors, they will damage clothing, carpeting, wallpaper, wood and rubber. Home remedies can be used to safely get rid of and prevent crickets from making themselves feel welcome around your house.
An easy home remedy for getting rick of crickets is to introduce natural predators into the environment. Cats, lizards and birds eat crickets and will naturally keep the population down.
Fill a glass jar, such as the one used for vegetable pickling, halfway with molasses. Place the jar outside overnight, and the crickets will jump right in and drown. The molasses acts like a glue, so crickets cannot get out.
You can also bury a plastic container halfway in the ground and fill it with halfway with water. Place about three spoonfuls of molasses in the water, and let it sit. This trap will work in the same way to attract and drown the noisy pests.
Homemade insecticide sprays are popular in organic gardening, as they contain no harsh chemicals but will deter pests such as crickets. Steep 1/2 cup of chilis, chili powder or chili sauce in two cups of water overnight. Strain the liquid, and dilute it with two cups of water. Add a drop of liquid dish detergent to the mixture to act as a sticking agent. Use this insecticide spray on plants or vegetables to keep crickets away. Test the spray on a couple of leaves overnight to check for any adverse reactions or leaf burning. You can dilute the mixture with more water if it seems to be too strong for your plants.
Prevent crickets from entering your home by sealing cracks in windows, screens and the foundation. Trim all grass short, and rake up all cut grass around the home. Clean up debris in your home's gutters and rain pipes, and clean up debris around the home that could be used as hiding spots. Light attracts crickets, so either turn off outdoor lamps or dim them to keep the pests away.
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