Pest Spotlight: What You Need To Know About Crickets In Kansas City
November 15, 2022 - Crickets
Cricket control is a vitally important part of pest control in Kansas City. They're primarily considered nuisance pests. The noise they produce, especially at night, is quite annoying. Additionally, once inside the house, they can damage a variety of household items, such as clothing and wallpaper.
In this blog, we'll explain how and why crickets move about your property, why and when they chirp, and finally, what you can do to rid yourself and your household of these annoying pests.
Do Crickets Fly?
We don't often witness crickets flying. That's for two primary reasons. First, crickets are nocturnal pests, so they are primarily active after sundown when visibility is at its lowest. Second, crickets mainly walk, crawl or hop.
While we don't often observe crickets flying, we know a few types of crickets in Kansas City, such as field crickets and house crickets, that are fully winged and completely capable of flying.
Why Do Crickets Chirp?
The chirping that we hear is a phenomenon known as stridulation. This "noise" occurs when crickets rub the edges of their front wings together. That creates the chirping noise that we've all heard a million times.
Male crickets exclusively make this noise. They do so for three primary reasons. First, they do so in order to locate and impress a potential female cricket to mate. As a result, the chirping is most common during mating season, late summer through early fall. Second, male crickets also chirp to communicate or call other crickets, and third, they chirp to show aggression toward would-be rivals.
Why Are Crickets Making Noise At Night?
What's more annoying than cricket sounds at night? Unfortunately, crickets are nocturnal insects. That means they sleep during the day and come out at night to do what crickets do. Those activities include feeding, wooing potential mates, and broadly communicating with other crickets. All these activities, particularly mating and communicating, result in the annoying chirping they are well known for.
The warmer the temperature, the louder and more frequent the chirping. That's why the louder, more frequent chirping is in the summer. What compounds that issue is that late summer is also cricket mating season. The mating season and warm weather result in a loud cricket population.
What Can I Do To Remove The Crickets Hiding In My House?
As if having noisy, annoying crickets on your property is bad enough, how would you like to have crickets infiltrating your house?
If it doesn't sound fun, that's because it is far from it! It's not very hard for crickets to get into your house. They find small openings in your home's exterior, including chimneys, vents, cracks in the foundation, and ripped screens.
Crickets will come into your home to find shelter and food. Aside from sealing all access points, you can also make a few tweaks to your house, making it far less hospitable for crickets. Crickets prefer warm weather, so placing a portable air conditioner near the problem area can help. Removing their access to food, including pet food, by placing it in airtight containers is another effective step. Lastly, utilizing well-placed traps is another effective technique to help terminate the crickets.
The best step, bar none, you can take as a responsible homeowner to eradicate cricket nuisances on your property and in your house is to call the pest control professionals at Cridder Ridder. Locally owned and operated since 1999, we have over 20 years of exterminating all crickets species, and other types of pests, in the great Kansas City area.
Call Cridder Ridder today for a price quote within minutes. We'll be able to schedule an appointment right on the spot to eradicate your cricket infestation quickly and offer monitoring services after the fact to ensure the complete eradication of all pests.