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Cricket Rid?

posted by xscot mcknight

The end of the summer means the arrival of crickets and their endless chirping. So my question: How do I get them out of my basement so I can study in peace?



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Bob

posted August 30, 2007 at 7:25 am


Let them sing to you then you won’t notice them/be bothered.



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RJS

posted August 30, 2007 at 7:42 am


I second Bob – a little white noise.



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Eddie

posted August 30, 2007 at 7:47 am


Funny. Here in England the sound of cricket (leather striking willow, polite hand claps, murmurs of well played sir) heralds the arrival of summer.



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Bob #2

posted August 30, 2007 at 7:55 am


They sell cricket traps, much like a sticky mouse trap, but I believe it requires the cricket and the trap to be at the right place at the same time. I agree with 1 & 2, enjoy the singing.



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Mark Goodacre

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:05 am


Yes, embrace the sound. I love it. Having spent the rest of my life in the UK, hearing the crickets now I am in the US makes me think that I am in a film all the time.



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Steve Barkley

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:11 am


Pull a St. Francis and embrace the chirping.



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John Frye

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:14 am


The crickets are God’s reminder that there is more to life than “study.” So while the weather is still nice, grab those golf clubs and head to the links :)



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Steve Barkley

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:15 am


Or, you could pay a neighborhood kid a quarter for each crushed cricket carcase he delivers.



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Sarah Chia

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:18 am


Or you could call an exterminator. They got them out of my crawl space.



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Steve Barkley

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:21 am


Or, you could set a plague of frogs loose in your basement to eat the crickets . . . but then you’d need something to eat the frogs.



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Nathanael

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:36 am


earplugs



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Matthew

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:46 am


I have a guaranteed, 100% effective cricket killer. It has two pieces: a board and a hammer. I will trade it to you for one of your Pelikan pens.



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Rick L in Tx

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:47 am


Get some pet geckos. We have a pet gecko. We go out every three days and BUY crickets, 6 for 50 cents. Of course these are farm crickets, not free range crickets. Otherwise I’d offer to buy yours.



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Matthew

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:47 am


actually, an autographed copy of the Atonement book, signed with one of the Pelikans, would be sufficient.



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John

posted August 30, 2007 at 9:37 am


Go out on the patio and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. It might give you some new insight into the world, not that you need new insight, just a change of perspective for a bit. :)



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Tom Hein

posted August 30, 2007 at 9:49 am


Have you ever heard of bug spray? Just spray along the outer edges. Do it again if it doesn’t work the first time.



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Andie

posted August 30, 2007 at 12:34 pm


Lordy, I can tell those of you who are recommending the spray business don’t remember what dead crickets smell like!



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Gloria

posted August 30, 2007 at 12:37 pm


Outside, if you spray water from the garden hose where you hear chirping they stop for quite awhile. Won’t work inside though.



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Peggy

posted August 30, 2007 at 1:14 pm


Nathanael (#11) got there first! Earplugs is the way to go…I can’t read with music going in the background either!
And geckos will work while it’s warm…but where will you send them in the winter? Maybe they can winer in Texas ;)



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Jacob

posted August 30, 2007 at 2:01 pm


The gecko tactic makes me think of a Frasier episode…
… something about contrasting how HUGE the gecko brain was in comparison to the cricket… :)



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Jimmy_C

posted August 30, 2007 at 3:11 pm


If you have that many crickets, you need to call ORKIN!



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BeckyR

posted August 30, 2007 at 4:03 pm


Here the crickets seem to start chirping when it gets to a certain temperature at night. We’ve had all kinds of crazy summer weather and now enjoy when the crickets start up at night – seems to be when the temperature hits about 80. But these are crickets in the backyard with the toads adding harmony. Thank God we aren’t the cicada part of the nation. Would love fireflys tho.



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My 2 cents

posted August 30, 2007 at 7:09 pm


We spray around the outside of our foundation. Those cricket traps sound like a good idea for the inside situation.
Yes, the noise can be like a dripping faucet…



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Carmen Butcher

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:04 pm


Listen to an iPod instead (with ear phones)?



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kent

posted August 30, 2007 at 8:05 pm


How about laying a sugar trail to your neighbor’s house? Well then again that may not be very Jesus like. Never mind.



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Jeff Moulton

posted August 30, 2007 at 9:31 pm


So Kent, just how would you tell the crickets (and also the ants) that the sugar trail is directional? :)



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Geoff Smith

posted August 30, 2007 at 11:36 pm


Buy a toad to eat the crickets and a cat to eat the toad, then kick the cat out.



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Charlene

posted August 31, 2007 at 7:46 pm


Perhaps those crickets were provided to give us a lot of entertaining comments to enjoy! By the way, if God has counted the hairs on your head, do you think he has counted the crickets?



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Allen Long

posted August 31, 2007 at 8:06 pm


In this morning’s Dallas Morning News, Howard Garrett wrote:
“Crickets are sensitive to natural diatomaceous earth and orange oil. A light dusting of natural DE will repel them over the long term, and orange oil sprays will keill them on contact. . . One ounce of orange oil per quart of water can be used on hard surfaces. Be careful because orange oil is a solvent, and it can damage paint if the mixture is too strong or is left on too long.”
Allen Long



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Allen Long

posted August 31, 2007 at 8:08 pm


Follow up on Allen Long’s comment: “keill” was a typo that I didn’t catch. “kill” is the correct word.
Allen Long



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Scot McKnight

posted August 31, 2007 at 8:18 pm


Allen,
I sprayed under my shelves and immediately two of them came out. You’re the man!



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Allen Long

posted September 1, 2007 at 8:09 am


Scott,
I’m glad that it worked!
Allen



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