I live in a first floor apartment. I moved in last spring. Soon after that I had a very bad cricket infestation. I didn’t know what to do. The apartment management told me they’d spray, but if they did, it probably wouldn’t have any affect on the crickets.
I’ve got a very severe insect phobia. I doubt I’ll survive another season with all these crickets coming inside. I’ve been dreading the coming warm weather when they’ll be everywhere in my apartment, no matter how much I clean everything.
I saw your site on the internet and I want to try some of the products you have listed but I’m unsure what to order. I’d like something that kills them if they come inside. I read that I need to treat the outside as well as inside. Could you please advise me on what product would work best in my situation?
I don’t have a lot of money, but what I do have I’ll gladly spend to get rid of these horrible creatures and make them stay away for good Please let me know as soon as possible. I expect them to arrive any day now with this mild winter we’ve having & I’m really scared.
Thank you so much for your help.
Since you’re located on the ground floor, there is a chance crickets are coming in from outside. This means treating outside would probably help. Spraying all exterior foundation walls with CONQUER every 1-2 months should keep them off the building. Be sure to treat the mulch and ground as well since they love living in cracks around cement, siding and basically anything close to the structure.
Inside the unit you can do two things. The first is to apply some DRIONE to every void, crack or crevice that crickets can use to get inside. Drione is highly repellent to crickets and they’ll avoid anywhere Drione is present. Using a HAND DUSTER, you should be able to “exclude” insect entry. This means getting Drione into electric outlets, under switch plate covers, into light fixture mounts where they connect to the wall and ceiling as well as where pipes and electric lines pass through the walls. Crickets, along with many other insect pests, will use these points of entry to get inside.
Lastly, set out some CRICKET TRAPS along the baseboards where you find them active. The traps won’t solve the problem but they can capture any foraging around so they really help.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Cricket Traps: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/glue/mouse-glueboard-5-x-8
Cricket Article: http://www.bugspray.com/articles98/fieldcrickets.html