We didn''t have indoor crickets (camel crickets, they''re called) for about 30 years while in this house. Didn''t know they existed. Never had them in any house. Then, suddenly, I went into my basement to get something one day, years ago, and something jumped onto my leg....
We didn''t have indoor crickets (camel crickets, they''re called) for about 30 years while in this house. Didn''t know they existed. Never had them in any house. Then, suddenly, I went into my basement to get something one day, years ago, and something jumped onto my leg. Scared the **** out of me, of course - then another one, onto my thigh. Got rid of them, of course, and went online to find out what they were. I learned they were camel crickets. Come into homes in the Fall and stay through the winter. Also go into sheds, etc. and group together in bunches, there. Also then saw them in my garage. I don''t care about them there but DO care about them in my home. They don''t make noise and don''t harm anything but, don''t want them hopping around in my house, of course.
I buy these every year, also Harris cricket traps (which was recommended online) and Terro cricket traps. I can''t believe the amount of crickets it traps just overnight, the first time I put them down (routinely now) in the Fall. All of the traps have a peanut butter scent that I can''t smell but they can, because they are drawn to peanut butter. I actually witnessed a huge cricket waiting "in line" for the one in front of him to move forward. It''s easy to see when they need changing because there is no cover over this trap. I put one in the storage room, 4 or 5 in the main room in the basement and 1 or 2 in the laundry room. They ALL fill up. I have NO idea where these crickets come in but, they''re here every Fall ever since the first year they appeared.
Because these traps are open with the very, very sticky glue exposed in the trap (it once tipped over onto the carpeting on my basement stairs and it was next to impossible to get it off), I also buy the Terro glue traps that you make into a tent so they are covered and easy to move and handle, as well as the Harris cricket traps that are also covered. They also work very well. I put them on the basement steps to catch any that are attempting to join us in our main floor living quarters. I am then taken aback at catching some who were doing just that. I guess the scent that draws the crickets in any of these products really does it''s job because, none seem to walk past them without going into the trap.
The 2 camel crickets that jumped on my thigh that very first time that I found out about their existance? Well, that has never happened since. I read that it''s because of how their eyes work. w/their body. That they see something and want to run away but their body goes in the other direction and in this case, jumps high. Sounds crazy but that''s what one article read. They DO hop in the air from one spot to another VERY quickly and it is nearly impossible to get them. I don''t want animal/bug/insect lovers to get mad at me but, I don''t want them in my home. I keep a can of hair spray on my basement steps and a fly swatter. If I see a cricket that will be in my path, I spray it till it can''t move & swat it. Works. These traps are amazing in how great they work. You''ll find out just how many crickets you have by the amount that these traps catch. First, it''s the bigger ones and then, the smaller ones seem to be caught. Some are quite big.
Remember that these are NOT the same as the black, outside, chirping crickets that are in your yard. They''re outside and I leave them alone. I actually enjoy the sounds of crickets in the evening. I''d not bother the camel crickets in my basement from Fall to Winter either, if they were outside? I forgot to timely set up the traps last Fall and my reminder was when I had 2 or 3 in my main bathroom and (🤢) one crawling on a side table next to my sofa where I was sitting. At first I thought it was a roach which really disgusted me because that is a problem I DON''T have. I chased it and was unable to get it for a couple of days. Very fast. Seemed to disappear as I chased it. Then I put a Terro tented trap in my family room and sure enough, got it. Again, the Eaton Traps work FANTASTIC. I just don''t like an open trap with it''s "residents" in full view, in certain areas that people might get bummed out seeing it or, somehow get the open trap stuck to them. And, when you take the covering off to use them, be VERY careful not to touch the glue accidentally. It is REALLY sticky and hard to remove anything that touches it. If you''ve never had crickets in your house, good for lucky you. But, it appears that once you do get them, it will be the same every year, in the Fall and Winter. I usually clean up the traps in mid-late Spring, still astonished at how full they are. Nothing I do wrong causes this influx of crickets. I don''t know what they do all summer but, home in my basement is where they like to be in the cooler/cold weather. I now buy the traps only at Amazon but when I used to shop at Ace for them, there''d be others there buying them, with the same story as mine - never had them, not they do, every year. My garage has them too but, I don''t hang out in there and use it less for storage and use of gardening products in the winter so, that''s not a big deal to me. This is another of those products that I watch the prices and buy them when on sale, ahead of time, so that I''m ready when I need them.