Infestations can be eliminated by using a combination of sticky traps and a liquid insecticide spray. Place the traps along baseboards close to doors that open to the outside, behind and under furniture, and in dark corners. The area around potted plants is favorable for the crickets because of the humidity so place sticky traps next to the plants. A liquid spray can be used to kill adults and nymphs. Just spray in areas where you have spotted them.
Preventing house crickets from coming indoors is difficult; the immatures may be able to crawl under and around doors without being noticed. Vacuuming along baseboards can help to remove the early stages and limit infestations. Sticky traps near doors that open to the outside will trap some the adult crickets as they enter.
Crickets generally live outdoors, but they will migrate indoors in search of food, water, and shelter. It can be quite alarming to find crickets in your home. They tend to congregate in late summer and can infest basements and crawl spaces by the dozens. Certain species can also do a great deal of damage to your lawn and garden. Luckily, cricket control is available. The following will help you learn to identify the most common species of crickets and the basics of cricket pest control.
House crickets are ¾ to one inch long and are normally a light yellow or brown color. They have three dark bands on the head that set them apart from other species. House crickets make the distinctive chirping sounds that we commonly associate with crickets. When they enter homes, they are in search of a warm, moist environment to live. They can often be found in kitchens, basements, and crawl spaces. House crickets can cause damage to household items because they will eat almost anything. This includes things like: paper, books, linens, fruits, and clothing.
By Geyersberg, Professor emeritus Hans Schneider