How To Get Rid of Crickets in Basement

By Subodh / November 15, 2011

Who can sleep to the sound of crickets chirping the night away? Having such a problem can leave you sleepless and cranky. You should therefore find out what you need to do to get rid of them. Ignoring this problem could lead to an infestation. They will multiply and rule your basement. This will cause you worse problems at night.
Why don’t you do something about them?

What you can use

  • Glue cricket traps: this will get rid of the problem faster. The advantage is that they are not toxic.
  • Granular cricket bait: all you need to do is place them on corners of the basement.

You should be cautious when you have children and pets around the house. Consider buying a pesticide that is animal friendly; this will reduce any effects should the pesticide be swallowed.

Types of Crickets

  • Camel crickets
  • Field crickets
  • Ground crickets
  • Jerusalem crickets
  • Mole cricket
  • Tree cricket

Any of these crickets could inhabit your basement. These are the main types of crickets and solutions are there to get rid of them. They can effectively be removed by using baits, liquid concentrated pesticides and powered insect solutions.

The advantage of using store bought pesticides is that they can also deal with your other pests. You can get rid of silverfish, ants, cockroaches, beetles and mites. This is kind of like killing two insects with one pesticide.
Crickets will make their way into your house through cracks. To take care of this, you should ensure that all cracks are sealed off.

An effective way to do this is by caulking. This is by use of a compound that will give your crack a watertight, airtight and non porous seal. This will ensure that crickets will not find a way into your basement.
If all your attempts fail, maybe you should bring in an expert. You can find a professional exterminator locally through the yellow pages.

Well, if he also fails may be you should tune yourself to coping with the chirping of crickets through the night. Wishing you all the best!

Jitterbugs

Jitterbugs also know as Japanese beetles are only found outside and are not mostly a problem. They are destructive bugs but solutions have been found to deal with them.

  • Pick them up: you can do this early in the morning since they are not active at this time.Make sure that you pick the adult bugs mostly.
  • Insecticidal soap: you can mix this soap with your tap water. Use a spray bottle to eliminate your problem.
  • Neem oil products: it acts as both as an insecticidal soap and anti feedant. It works in two stages; the first stage is to eliminate the beetles. The second stage leaves the plants distasteful to the bugs. It is a more effective solution in getting rid of the bugs.
  • Netting: you can use nets to cover your plants in seasons where they thrive.