Those Crickets are a-Chirpin’

Field CricketI love fall in Nebraska – it is my favorite season. Along with the cooler temperatures, lower humidity, beautiful changing landscape and football, we do have to put up with a few accidental invaders looking for warmer places to hang out. Last week, I had two male crickets chirping away in my kitchen. One was under the kitchen sink, the other was near my stove “somewhere”. Of course when I tried to investigate my “choir”, the crickets quickly stopped chirping.

What to do?  If you do nothing, the crickets will die in a few days. If you just can’t tolerate this “choir” in your home, try a mouse glue board —

  1. You can purchase flat, sticky mouse glue boards where mousetraps are sold – farm supply, hardware, discount and even in some grocery stores.
  2. Cut your glue board down to a size where you can put it out of the way, but near the chirping sound. (Hint: Cut your board before you take off the film protecting the adhesive).
  3. Once your board is trimmed, pour a small bit of cornmeal right in the center. Crickets are attracted to cornmeal and will get stuck on the board so you can easily take care of the problem.
  4. If you don’t have small children or pets, you can place your glue boards in corners of the room. This is especially helpful in basements and garages. You’ll catch wandering spiders, beetles and other accidental invaders without using insecticides.

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