Crickets are one of the sounds of summer but for homeowners, the sound is often dreaded. These small insects are not wanted inside or outside the home. They attack the herbs and vegetables in a garden and eat furniture and clothing inside a house. If you hate the sounds they make, then they can keep you up all night too! Here are some natural ways to control the cricket population on your property and keep these pests out of the house.
Step 1: Get a pet. Cats and dogs love to chase crickets and eat them. You may be cleaning up the remnants but at least the crickets will not have the run of your home.
Step 2: Set cricket traps throughout the home by combining 1 part molasses with 10 parts water. Pour this into glass jars, filling each halfway. Set the jars around the house and in crawl spaces. The sweet odor will attract the crickets, who will drown after jumping into the jar. Check and clean these traps regularly.
Step 3: Diatomaceous earth is effective at killing crickets inside the house. This powder is comprised of silicon skeletons from microscopic ancient algae. Though it will not harm pets or humans, it scratches insects, dehydrating them until they die. To fend off crickets inside the home, sprinkle organic diatomaceous earth (not the kind sold to treat pools) into carpets. This substance will also kill fleas on pets and in carpets. It can even be fed to a pet to kill an intestinal parasite.
Step 4: Use certain barrier plants to protect your garden, planting them around other plants that crickets enjoy. Garlic and cilantro are two good choices. Sweet peas, clover, and other nitrogen fixing plants are also disliked by crickets and they help the garden by improving the soil.
Step 5: Use natural pesticides in the garden. Sprays containing oils of hot peppers drive away crickets and can be applied to plants without causing harm. Insects do not like the hot mouths or feet they get from pepper sprays. Combine a few tablespoons of natural soap and water in a spray bottle and spray the solution on the crickets. This penetrates the outer shell of the insect, causing cells to fail. However, it only works on contact and while still wet so you must be diligent at finding the crickets.