Crickets seem harmless enough – until you have a cricket infestation in your home. Then, in addition to dealing with the creepy-crawly factor, you have to endure the crickets’ constant chirping. Crickets are everywhere in Arizona. House crickets are the type you’re most likely to see (or hear) in and around your home or commercial building in Phoenix and throughout the Valley.
House crickets are a yellowish-brown or tan color and are typically just shy of 1 inch in size. One of the biggest problems with these pests is the males’ constant chirping to attract females. However, crickets are also a common food source for scorpions and spiders – and whenever you have a food source present on your property, you’re increasing the chance of attracting other pests.
Crickets are omnivores that usually eat plants, fungi, dead bugs and – when food is scarce – each other. The landscaping around Phoenix area homes provides ample food and water for crickets. Landscaping and our mild climate also provide ideal nesting sites and breeding conditions. Left uncontrolled cricket populations can increase rapidly.
The first step in treating a cricket infestation is finding cricket nests – and Bug Guardian’s expert service technicians know where to look. Crickets have plenty of places to nest, but they prefer damp, moist areas. Crickets need daytime hiding places to avoid drying out and overheating, especially in the Arizona heat. More often than not, crickets’ hiding places become their nesting sites. Common nesting sites include under the cusp of stucco siding, meter boxes and block walls that commonly surround Phoenix-area homes.
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