Cricket Pest Control in Phoenix, Arizona
Cricket Activity in Arizona
Crickets are quite common in Arizona, both outside and inside our homes and businesses. The three most common types of crickets found in Arizona are: House cricket, Tropical house cricket, and Field cricket.
Common Types of Crickets in AZ
Known for their loud chirping (which happens to be the male’s mating call), house crickets are light yellowish-brown with three dark stripes across their head. They love warmth and moisture and chewing your fabric.
Tropical House Cricket
Likely originating from southwestern Asia, the tropical house cricket is light yellowish-brown with a “flattened” looking body. These are just as sing-songy as house crickets, so you’ll know if they’re present.
Field crickets are especially common during summer nights and in tall grass or lawn debris. They are known to help control other unwanted pests as they eat eggs and pupae of other insects. And yes, they also have very musical males.
Are Crickets Harmful?
Crickets can’t physically harm humans. They don’t bite, sting, or carry diseases. Still, if allowed to get out of control, they can become a nuisance and do damage to a variety of materials.
Most of the crickets found in Arizona aren’t a huge threat to plants; however, they can do some minor damage to vegetables and flowering plants, as well as the roots of grasses. Inside your home, though, they may chomp on your clothes and furniture upholstery, as well as other items made from fabric. And in addition, to making a big racket with that infernal chirping, they might also eat foods in your pantry, while one of their favorite foods is the glue on wallpaper.
What’s Attracting Crickets Around Your Home?
- Cracks and gaps in the home or building’s foundation
- Gaps in between windows, doors, and screens
- Flower boxes
- Piles of rock or firewood
- Food and water sources
- Tall grasses
Ways to Prevent a Cricket Infestation
- Keep your grass cut low.
- Keep an eye out for leaks and get rid of standing water. Moisture attracts crickets.
- Seal any cracks around your house to keep crickets from finding their way inside. You can refer to our scorpion home seal guide for ways to seal off your home from all manner of pests, including crickets.
- Keep the lights off as long as possible, because light attracts crickets.
Insectek is a locally owned and operated pest control company, serving the Metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, and Gilbert areas. With two decades of combined experience, we know a thing or two about the rodents and insects you fear creeping into your home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what kind of pest control service I need?
At Insectek we employ the highest moral and ethical standards for treatments, and therefore we do not recommend anything our customers do not need. Instead we focus on understanding the pest activity and pest tolerance of a client before making a recommendation. As your locally owned, operated and vested pest control exterminator experts, we believe earning your business based on what you need, and not what we want to try and sell you instead, will keep your loyalty, trust and business for years to come. Try out our recommendation app below to find out what kind of service is best for you.
Why do I still see bugs here and there when I have an exterminator service?
Insects have been roaming the earth for millions of years and therefore have a tremendous advantage on us humans. They have mastered the art of staying alive under harsh conditions, and are very adept at making sure their offspring do too. The pest control products that are available to professionals, like the Phoenix pest control exterminators at Insectek, have to balance the important task of eliminating as many pests as possible—while at the same time making sure they are safe for you, your family and of course your pets. Therefore, the exterminator team at Insectek Pest Solutions utilizes the best and safest products available, but in most cases cannot treat every single pest with one pass of the wand.
Are the products your exterminator uses safe for my family and pets?
The products on the market our exterminator technicians use in your home undergo rigorous research, development and testing first at the manufacturer level, then at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and finally, in many cases through the State Department of Agriculture. Even with this multiple layer system it is important to have an educated understanding of, and conservative respect for the pest control products that are applied in and around your home. In most cases, a person or pet should stay out the treated area until the pest control solution is dry. Our Phoenix pest control and exterminator team will provide you with a detailed service report that states the name of each product used, as well as where it was applied. If you ever have any questions about a specific product we used, please reach out to us so that labels and material data safety sheets can be provided.
What is considered a “green” pest control treatment?
A green or organic pest control treatment is any treatment that uses a naturally occurring, non-synthetically altered or enhanced pesticide. These products are usually botanical, and they have proven to be quite effective overall. However, they do sometimes lack the residual power of synthetic versions that have been created by scientists in laboratories.
What are the most dangerous pests in Arizona?
There are many dangerous pests in Arizona that not only cause painful bites and stings, but also that can pass on dangerous diseases. These pests include scorpions, black widows, brown recluse spider, ticks, fleas, assassin bugs and rodents. The Phoenix pest control exterminator team at Insectek is very knowledgeable and experienced where these pests, and many others indigenous to Arizona are concerned.
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