Late summer and fall are common times for crickets to become a problem around homes in Austin.

Usually these are field crickets though we have seen the larger camel crickets also.

While these are outdoor insects and only come inside “accidentally,” the large numbers this time of year can make that a big problem. The good news is that field crickets do not breed indoors or establish indoor populations.

However, no one likes these noisy, jumpy and irritating invaders, so here are some steps you can take to keep them out of your home:

  • Lighting is the most important cause of cricket infestations. They flock to bright outdoor lighting so reduce lights, direct lighting away from the structure or use yellow bulbs which are less attractive to insects.
  • Seal cracks and crevices that give entrance to the structure.
  • Remove debris that is stacked near the structure.
  • Keep the lawn and surrounding landscape areas trim and tended.
  • Stuff weep holes with aluminum mesh (this will allow air flow into the wall voids, but will reduce accessibility)

Insecticides and treatment around the perimeter of a home can help reduce populations but without taking the above steps the crickets will continue to be around and enter the house, so always reduce lighting as a primary action.

Then any pest control around the outside has a much better chance of succeeding.

Call us at 512-443-0123 for a free pest control quote or fill out our pest quote form.