Is It Dangerous To Have Crickets In My Washington D.C. Home?


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If you have crickets in or around your Washington D.C. home, you may want to get the facts from the professional pest control experts before relying on what most people say about crickets. Even though crickets are often considered a special guest in the nearby woods, things aren’t always as they seem.

In fact, crickets are some of the most problematic pests in the Washington, D.C. area, so it’s important to see past the charm that pop-culture places on these pests. The more you learn about what crickets can do to your home and family in reality, the more you’ll realize why partnering with the pros is the best way to protect yourself from crickets. 

The Ugly Truth About Crickets

The common house crickets in the Washington D.C. area are small and typically light brown in color with dark brown markings. You can tell a cricket from other pests by its angled back legs that allow it to jump out of harm’s way. Crickets are well known for their iconic chirping noise, but many people also recognize crickets as a friendly cartoon conscience guide or even a delicacy when covered in chocolate. But don’t let these opinions fool you. Crickets can be even more than a nuisance in your home. They can also be destructive and dangerous. 

Think about how loud crickets can be around your property, and then consider what a robust infestation would sound like within your walls. If you have ever tried sleeping with a cricket infestation, you’ll understand just why prompt and proper eradication methods are necessary. Plus, crickets will invade your home in large numbers and chew on a variety of household items, from furniture to electrical wiring and more. That’s why crickets can be expensive to deal with overtime. 

Many people also fail to recognize the danger behind a cricket infestation, but they carry diseases that they can transmit through contact. While these diseases aren’t necessarily fatal, many of them can cause painful sores. 

Proper Cricket Prevention 

The problem with crickets is that they can reproduce quickly within your walls, and they can squeeze in and out of the cracks and crevices around your home. This makes crickets extremely difficult to control once they get into your house. Since they’re typically some of the most problematic pests to keep out or get rid of, you’ll have difficulty trying to eradicate them on your own.

However, there is some good news. You’re not alone in the fight against crickets. We understand how much of a nuisance they are, so we’re always willing to share what you can do on your own to prevent attracting crickets to your home. Crickets are drawn to your home mostly because of moisture problems throughout the property, so practicing effective moisture control can allow you to reduce cricket attraction to your home. Here are the best ways to accomplish this goal: 

  • Proper lawn maintenance 

  • Proper ventilation in basements and crawl spaces

  • Dehumidifiers in areas of problematic moisture buildup 

Along with moisture control, you should also reduce any loose crumbs or poorly stored food and trash throughout the property. 

Partnering With The Pros

Unfortunately, even proper prevention methods cannot guarantee you a cricket-free home the way that partnering with an American Pest residential expert can. With careful inspections, recommendations on limiting conducive conditions for crickets, and innovative pest control solutions, we can help you create a cricket-free home on your Washington, D.C. property.

At American Pest, we put your satisfaction above all else, so you’ll always feel like our top priority. Don’t wait for crickets to endanger your home and family. Call us today to schedule an inspection with one of our expert residential pest control technicians. 


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