How to Get Rid of Crickets



Crickets are annoying but they do very little damage unless they are large in numbers. There are 4 most common types of crickets: house, camel, field, and mole crickets. House crickets adults 3/4 – 1″ long, light yellowish-brown with 3 dark bands on the head House crickets are active at night and stay hidden in the day.. Field crickets are slightly longer than a House cricket and are dark brown or grey or even black. Camel crickets are hump-back crickets because they have a hump back appearance. They are about 1/2 – 1 1/2″ long. Mole crickets are plump, have wings and are 1-1/4″ long. Mole crickets stay underground most of the time and fly to mate in spring and fall. Their exit holes are about an inch or bigger.


House crickets damage paper, silk, woolens, fruits and vegetables of all kinds of food, and rubber. They can be found in warm places, kitchens, basements, fireplaces, cracks and crevices and behind baseboards. Field crickets prefer to live outside and feed on plants. The only reason on why field crickets will come into the home is when the food source dries up or extremes in temperatures. Field crickets are attracted to light. You can reduce field crickets by turning off the lights or manipulating them. Camel crickets are found often are found in crawl spaces and basements because they like cool and damp places. They can also be found under logs and stones. Mole crickets like to live underground as it is stated above. Surface ridges that suddenly appear on your lawn are an indication of a presence of a mole cricket. The next stage will be dead or damaged plants. Mole crickets will damage vegetable crops as well. The damages done by them will appear as a brown spongy area within normal green grass. If you inspect the grass carefully, the grass will have been eaten just below the surface where it separates the plant from its roots.


Since house crickets can live in cracks and crevices, you will need to treat all the cracks and crevices, window/door frames, window sills, basements, fireplaces, kitchens, and behind baseboards. Crickets especially House crickets can be control by any pesticide easily but they can be controlled by liquid spray (LambdaStar 9.7% CSFenvaStar EcoCap ) using a hand one gallon sprayer (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER), dust (DELTA DUST, PyGanic Dust ) using a duster (BELLOW BULB DUSTER), and aerosol (CY-Kick Aerosol).

Using the instructed amount, fill the liquid spray into the spray and dust into the duster and apply to the crack and crevices in your home. Pay attention to window/door frames, window sills, basements, fireplaces, kitchens, and behind baseboards. For the treatment outside because most of the crickets will be outside, you will need to treat your whole lawn, large turfs, and other landscape areas.

This treatment is called a broadcast treatment, this treatment is used with liquid spray (LambdaStar 9.7% CSFenvaStar EcoCap ) using a hand sprayer, bait (InTice Granular Bait , NIBAN GRANULAR BAIT), and granule (TALSTAR EZ GRANULAR, BIFEN GRANULES ) using a hand spreader . Using the instructed amounts specified on the label, apply throughout your lawn uniformly. Bait, you will not need objects to spray it with. DO NOT apply baits with your bare hands; just apply it straight out of the container. Apply it uniformly throughout your lawn. Granule, apply the amount instructed into the spreader and apply it throughout your lawn, irrigate your lawn after the application is complete to activate the granule.

You should also make a one or barrier around your home. You can use the same method as a broadcast treatment but only around the structure of your home and not the entire lawn. A barrier treatment is also known as a perimeter treatment. This treatment is where soil areas are adjacent to a structure as well as a portion of the lower foundation wall next to the soil treated. So we recommend that you regularly use the treatment to prevent future infestation.

CYNOFF WP LambdaStar 9.7% CS FenvaStar EcoCap
Cynoff WP LambdaStar FenvaStar

These products can be used with this item:

Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer
DELTA DUST Cy Kick Aerosol

These products can be used with these items:

Bellow Bulb Duster Handle Spreader
Talstar EZ Bifen


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Date: Tuesday, 12. January 2010 17:44
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    I have seen crickets in my above ground storage area. Previously it had been a garage now storage. I thought they were harmless but I am thinking they are responsible for eating away at photos and have left something that resembles brown/tan caked on mud?? Please let me know if this is cricket damage? Also it appears as if concrete is being chewed away? I see the dust left over. Thanks Miriam

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    Hi Miriam. Crickets are usually just considered a nuisance pest that’s really low-risk but if, over a long period of time, they are left unchecked and they do not have a valid food source, they may start to damage stored materials like garments and linens. The damage to the photos might be from crickets but to be honest with you, I’m not sure. Brown/tan caked on mud could just be debris build up or it can be grease build up. Since I don’t know what the mud looks like, I won’t be able to give you a definitive answer. I know though, that the concrete will not be chewed away from crickets. If the brown/tan caked on mud are grease marks (fairly small) then you may have a rodent infestation. Rodents will chew on surfaces and they leave behind marks on the wall because they usually continue to travel the same path with one of their sides to the wall. The best thing to do is to get your storage unit inspected and to identify the pest that’s doing all the damage. Once you identify the pest, you can always give us a call at 1-800-788-4142, email us at, or tune into our blog to find solutions for your pest control. I hope that helped and I’m sorry for not being able to help out in any other way! Good luck though!

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    I have the brown jumping crickets in my basement. I use stick mouse traps and that helps. A sudden turn of weather has brought them back quickly. I would like to get rid of them permanently if possible what do you suggest. I am concerned over safety and I have a dog ans would like the easiest least fuss solution

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    Hi Marianne,
    Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a permanent remedy for pests. If there are cracks and crevices around the foundation or other potential entry points, they may be able to find a way back inside. You should definitely do an inspection around the entire perimeter of the structure so that you can see if you do have any potential entry points through cracks and crevices around the perimeter, window frames, door frames, and even around the utility lines that enter the building. You can do an outdoor treatment with a liquid concentrate insecticide like Suspend SC as well as spray around the baseboard areas inside, on the bottom part of the door frames, beneath window sills, and etc. All areas are safe for reentry only after the area has completely dried even by pets and children. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    You stated above, “…I know…that the concrete won’t be chewed away from crickets.” I have indisputable evidence on my property that mole crickets have chewed through thin layers of concrete, in a drain at the bottom of my driveway. I just finished patching the holes, and cleaned out the nice neat piles of dirt they leave behind.

    Field crickets, etc., maybe not, but mole crickets are a whole different ball game!

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