In early summer 2012, the Dallas Morning News reported that residents across the Dallas area were experiencing the nuisance of living with an explosion of cricket populations, caused by the mild winter weather. Will 2013 see a sea of crickets comparable to last year’s plague? How can homeowners prepare for the possibility of these pests invading their homes?
Outlook for 2013 Cricket Populations
After the relatively mild winter that Dallas has enjoyed for the 2012-2013 season, it’s likely that cricket populations will once again grow steadily in the early summer months. Homeowners should take steps to prevent crickets from entering their homes throughout the spring, in order to avoid infestations in the summer. However, it’s still possible for crickets to occasionally enter a home even if preventative measures are used.
Detecting a Cricket Infestation
Unlike most pest infestations, crickets tend to be easy to detect because of their distinctive chirp. However, it may be unclear whether one cricket or many have entered a home when the source of the chirping cannot be located. Dallas pest control inspections that are completed by a professional company can help homeowners determine whether they are dealing with a full-fledged infestation.
Preventing a Cricket Infestation
Clemson University suggests that homeowners keep crickets out of their homes by detecting points of entry and keeping these points covered at all times. Screening can be used for doors or windows that are kept open when the weather is warm.
The lawn directly around the perimeter of a building should be kept neat to discourage crickets from getting too close to a home. Lights and hiding places attract crickets, so keep porch lights, deck lighting or any other outdoor light sources off whenever possible.
Because of the difficulties associated with controlling cricket populations that have gotten out of control, contacting a professional exterminator in the Dallas area is recommended.
Whether crickets come back in Biblical proportions or stay relatively controlled throughout the summer months, households across Dallas experience pest control problems every year. If you’re dealing with infestations of crickets, termites, rodents or other common household pests, call ABC Home & Commercial Services for thorough pest control services from thoroughly-trained and knowledgeable specialists.