Crickets: The Small Puerto Rico Pest Causing Big Problems
You might be surprised to learn that Oliver Exterminating recommends adding crickets to your list of wildlife management considerations. While crickets may seem like just a nuisance, many property owners don’t realize that they can cause serious damage. In this entry we’ll show you exactly what crickets are capable of, what you can do to keep them away, and how Oliver can help in the event of an infestation.
Types of Crickets in Puerto Rico
- West Indian Mole Cricket: The Changa, or West Indian Mole Cricket, is brown in color with wings longer than the body. When captured, it will “play dead”, and they can often lay as many as 110 eggs per female! A small pest problem can quickly get out of hand.
- Short-Winged Mole Cricket: The Short-Winged Mole Cricket remains fairly confined to the area around southern Florida, but has been known to occur in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The pest has short wings but is incapable of flight and can have up to 100 eggs laid per female.
Crickets can cause devastating damage to plants, gardens, and shrubs, making them a pest that you want to deal with as quickly as possible before the problem gets any bigger. Contact the professionals at Oliver Exterminating to find out how to get your cricket problem taken care of.
Why Does it Matter if I Have a Cricket Infestation?
Property owners don’t typically associate crickets with property damage. More often, crickets are known for their singing, which can be distracting but not necessarily damaging. However, many varieties of cricket actually feed on paper and cloth, making them a potential threat to many types of property.
Whether it’s indoor our outdoor furniture, awnings, or even carpeting, crickets have the potential to cause damage. Furthermore, outdoor crickets can cause damage to your lawn and garden through their excessive tunneling. These are just a few reasons why crickets should factor into your wildlife management plan.
What Can I Do to Control a Cricket Infestation?
There are a number of things you can try on your own to attempt to prevent cricket infestation. First, make sure that any damp areas in your home are dried out, perhaps with a dehumidifier. Some varieties of crickets are attracted to moist areas, so this will help to reduce the likelihood that they’ll make their home on your property. Reducing clutter is also an important step toward preventing a number of insect infestations.
This gives insects fewer places to nest and hide, making your property a less appealing spot for them to settle in. Finally, if you suspect you’re dealing with a cricket infestation, sticky traps are a good way to tell. Placing sticky traps around your property should snare a few crickets, giving you the evidence you need that you’re dealing with an infestation.
Cricket Control Experts in Puerto Rico
If you’re dealing with a cricket pest problem on your property, trust the experts at Oliver to help. We’ve been in business for years and know exactly how to deal with a number of infestations. Don’t risk making the problem worse by deploying ineffective home remedies. Contact us immediately and rest easy knowing that the situation is under control.
These are just a few reasons that crickets are a serious wildlife management problem. Contact the experts at Oliver Exterminating to learn more about how to prevent a cricket infestation, and how we can help.