Signs You May Have a Cricket Infestation
- Chirping sounds – The most obvious sign of a cricket infestation in your home or building is a constant chirping sound coming from inside.
- Seeing the crickets – Cricket infestations tend to occur in basements, and the insects are about an inch long with variances in color, from brown to shiny black.
- Chewed fabrics, paper, and molding – Crickets often feed on household materials, including wallpaper, fabrics, old food, and even other insects.
If you think you have a cricket infestation and don’t want to get rid of the pests yourself, call Ehlers Pest Management today. Our team of pest control experts have a professional, eco-friendly method of exterminating crickets inside homes and properties while keeping it all within your budget!
Get Rid of Your Cricket Infestation With the Help of Ehlers Pest Management
Your Ehlers expert will thoroughly inspect your property, directly treating any visible crickets or cricket nests. Cricket control treatments will be applied to inaccessible nooks and crannies to eliminate any crickets entering through them. Small entry points responsible for the infestation will also be sealed by our Milwaukee pest control expert. You’ll receive a full report detailing the pest control treatment and offering further advice on preventing cricket infestation in the future. Call Ehlers Pest Management today at 414-303-6926, or contact us online to schedule a free pest control estimate for your property.
Milwaukee Cricket Identification
Field crickets are the most commonly found cricket in southeastern Wisconsin. They are black or brown and grow up to 1.5” in length. These crickets are generally content living and breeding outdoors in mulch and woodpiles, with crops as a primary food source.
Crickets multiply astonishingly fast. Female crickets typically lay several hundred eggs, which hatch in the spring. These young crickets will mature over the course of a year, and come fall the tiny little crickets you saw hopping around outside your house will be fully grown ones looking for a warm place to spend the winter—namely, your house!
The problem is that crickets have a remarkable ability to make a meal out of just about anything. While this is fine and dandy when they’re feeding outdoors, it’s seriously bad news if they take up residence in your home.
What crickets eat outdoors:
- Other insects (both dead and live)
- Discarded paper and fabric
- Wood, compost and mulch
- Mold and algae
What crickets will eat inside your home:
- Wood (particularly damp or moldy wood in cabinets under sinks and subfloors under bathrooms)
- Silk, wool and man-made fabrics (i.e. your clothing, curtains and carpet)
- The glue holding wallpaper to the wall (as well as the wallpaper)
- Food (in your kitchen, in your garbage can, and in your pet's food bowl)
In a full-blown infestation scenario, you’ll have thousands of crickets literally eating the contents of your home from the inside out. To make matters worse, you’ll be kept up at night by the incessant chirping caused by male crickets rubbing their forewings together to attract a female cricket. While this may be charming to hear at a distance on a summer night, there’s nothing charming about it when it’s coming from inside your house.
Contact Ehler's Pest Management today for more information about our residential and commercial Wisconsin Cricket pest control services!