Have you heard that it is good luck when you find a cricket in your kitchen or near your hearth? If you're not familiar with what a hearth is, it is the area in front of a fireplace where people sit and socialize. Apparently, it was believed that finding a cricket in this important family area (which was once considered to be the heart of a home) was thought of as a sign of good luck. There are many old sayings that link crickets to good luck. They're also considered to be charming creatures that sing a beautiful song. In some cultures, people would catch crickets and keep them as pets just to listen to their song. But the song of crickets ceases to be enjoyable when it is echoing inside your home at 2:00 in the morning. Finding a cricket near your hearth, in your kitchen or in any other place in your home, can quickly go from charming to annoying—and worse. Here are a few things you should know about these charming pests.
Crickets Can Damage Your Belongings
There are many things a cricket will eat. They are considered to be omnivores but the term omnivore doesn't even come close to describing these pests. They don't just eat food derived from animals and plants. They'll chew on clothing, upholstered furniture, bedding, wallpaper and more. They'll also get into trash and eat rotting plant matter. They'll nibble on your house plants and leave them riddled with holes. It's not good when crickets get into Tyler homes.
Crickets Can Spread Harmful Bacteria
The attraction crickets have to rotting plant matter draws them into dumpsters and trash cans. This can expose them to harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. When they get inside your home, they can spread that bacteria to food-preparation surfaces, dishes and more. They're also capable of picking up parasitic worms, such as hookworm. This can lead to serious stomach illness. Handling a house cricket or its feces can lead to a painful rash or sores on the skin.
We touched on the topic of chirping crickets hiding inside your home and waking you up at 2:00 in the morning, but this bears further exploration. A chirping cricket doesn't just wake you up one time. It can wake you up over and over again. And it could have you ripping your house apart looking for it. If you find yourself doing this, it is important that you know that crickets can be inside your walls. You might be tearing your house apart for nothing.
What To Do About Crickets
When you see or hear a cricket inside your home, your first thought is probably not going to be to call a licensed pest professional—but it should be. It isn't likely that the cricket is going to leave on its own and it isn't going to die any time soon. A cricket can live for as many as 90 days. And, if you turn to DIY cricket pest control, you're likely to add more frustration to an already frustrating situation. Eliminating crickets isn't easy. In fact, it is downright difficult.
Cricket Control in Tyler
For cricket control in Tyler Texas, let Innovative Pest Control help. We use the most advanced pest control methods and products to eliminate these pests inside your home. We can also guide you toward a residential pest control program that can keep your home from being invaded by crickets again. Our affordable and effective pest control plans target more than 16 common pests that create trouble in Tyler homes. Ask us about Advantage PLUS, Advantage Total and Advantage Gold and find out which one will work best for you.
Crickets are just one of many pests that can damage your property and make you sick. Get control of pests with help from Innovative Pest Control. Life has enough challenges without adding pest-borne illness and pest-related property damage into the mix.
Get started by requesting a free inspection. We'll send a licensed and experienced pest professional right to your Tyler home. When it comes to managing pest threats in Tyler, we have you covered.