How to Get Rid of Crickets Inside Your House

Updated on October 6, 2017
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How to Get Rid of Crickets

If you have a large number of crickets in your house, they can become a real pest and you will want to get rid of them. For others, they are a sign of good luck. In China and Japan, they are kept as pets because of this.

I'll never forget the first time I killed a cricket in my sister's house. She believed a cricket brought good luck. Of course, I didn't know that. Her anger wasn't kept to herself. I never killed a cricket there again.

I enjoy the sound of crickets outdoors in the summer months. The sound brings me a sense of serenity. But crickets making noise all night inside the house is enough to drive anyone crazy.

Female crickets lay around 200 eggs at a time, but they take a year to hatch. It can be hard to get rid of them, if you don't know the secrets. I'll give you some tips here to help you obliterate the critters.

Will Crickets Cause Any Damage?

Not only can their chirping be maddening, but crickets will eat wool, linen, silk, and cotton. Your clothing can be damaged and wool rugs and anything else in your house that is made of natural fibers. They will damage wall coverings and wood. Anything constructed of plant materials is in danger.

How to Get Rid of Crickets the Organic Way

My younger sister got paid a penny for each cricket she caught at my Grandpa's house. I'm sure she didn't get rich that way, but she made Grandpa happy.

Tips to Get Rid of Crickets

  • Recruit a child to catch the crickets, like my Grandpa did. The kids think this is fun. Have them put them in a jar. If they want to have them for pets for awhile, let them. Just be sure they don't let the crickets loose.
  • You can use boric acid. This is a good solution unless you have small children or pets.
  • Get a cat. Cat's love to catch crickets.
  • Pet frogs and toads will eat the crickets, but I'd think they would be more bother than the crickets themselves.
  • There is a product called Orange Guard that is made from plant extract. It is approved by the EPA and has safe ingredients.
  • Try vacuuming the crickets. The vacuum cleaner will probably kill the insects, but check after you've finished. If they are alive, you may want to kill them. If you are really humane, place them a long way away from the house. I wouldn't feel sorry for the crickets though, because they are cannibals and will eat each other if they are hungry enough. They will also eat other crickets that aren't as strong as they are.
  • Set out a jar with molasses in it. The crickets jump in and can't get back out.
  • Sticky paper will catch the crickets.

Pesticides

If you have pets or young children, you don't want to use this option. Being around poisons isn't a good option for adults either.

  • Call an exterminator. They will know just what to do to remove the bugs.
  • Use an insecticide like Raid. This is never as safe as natural methods, but will work. Remember that Raid works by affecting the nervous system of the insect. Don't get any on your skin and don't breath any in. After spraying,you should leave the house for several hours. When you get back, open all the windows.

Prevention - Keep the Crickets out of the House

Check to see that the outside of your house is completely sealed. Houses settle and contract, so where there wasn't an opening last year, there may be this year. Be sure you check door and window gaskets. You should make sure your door is completely sealed. That may be how the crickets are entering. They often come in through the basement too. Are there any cracks in your foundation? Repair window screens.

Keep plants away from the house. Get rid of grass and weeds growing close to your home. Crickets will hide under rocks or anything you've left near the house, so remove them.

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        Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

        seanorjohn, I agree. We now have a newer home and we don't have those problems. Thanks for commenting.

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        seanorjohn 4 years ago

        Sealing the outside of your house is vital to prevent alll sorts of pests from entering. Voted up and useful

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        I have never heard crickets in this house but we did have them in the other house and most of the time the cats would get them. I was once downstairs doing some washing and felt something looking at me I turned my head and on our shelf was a big toad. He was really fat I bet he had been busy cleaning up our basement bugs and maybe caught all the crickets. We took him outside where he belonged and have yet to figure out how he got in.

        Voted up on your hub and shared.

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        Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

        teaches12345, Thanks for reading. I haven't tried the Orange Guard, but it comes highly recommended. Thanks for commenting.

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        Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

        I do love to hear crickets chirping on a summer day, but as you have shared, not in the home. I have seen the Orange Guard and good to know it is approved by the EPA as safe. Thanks for the information.

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        Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

        kansasyarn, I think this is a problem with people with older houses that are out in the country. Maybe in the south, they have a bigger problem too. I don't know. Thanks for commenting.

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        Teresa Sanderson 5 years ago from Rural Midwest

        I have never really had trouble with crickets inside my home. BUT, if I did, I would be glad to try any one of these great tips to get rid of them! Well written! Thanks for sharing the info!

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        Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

        Gail, Thanks for commenting and I'm happy you don't have the problems now.

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        Gail Meyers 5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

        Several years ago we have crickets and they would just drive you up the wall. However, I also enjoyed hearing them outside. We lived much more out in the country than we do now. These are some good tips, Barbara. Voted up and useful.

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        Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

        Scribenet, I wasn't aware that they ate organic fabrics either until I started researching them. That was a surprise. Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.

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        Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I agree the crickets sound wonderful outside but can be most annoying inside. I will try the molasses and the cat does catch a few as well. I did not know they loved to eat natural material such as cotton etc. Ugh...now I won't be as casual to the invaders!

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        Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

        aa lite, I can imagine how crazy they would drive you at night. Have the crickets brought you good luck like some say? Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        aa lite 5 years ago from London

        Since I have pet frogs and reptiles, I actually spend money buying about 200 crickets at a time. Of course they are contained but quite frequently they will escape and the males making their horrid noises is maddening as you point out.

        I think the molasses in a jar idea is quite interesting. My main problem is that they hide in corners and are quite difficult to locate. I have "roach motels", sticky papers which I think are impregnated with something that attracts insects under various bits of furniture. It's an ongoing battle to locate the evil, loud things.

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