There is no easy way to say this, but your home is a pest magnet. Don’t worry though, most homes attract pests. It doesn’t matter if you own a mansion or a tiny cabin, pests will always want to get inside. Why? Because your home is warm, sheltered from the elements, and filled with easily available food sources. Today we will be talking about two pests who are particularly annoying to deal with, beetles and crickets. Here are some strategies for you to use to keep these bugs out of your Nashville home.
Some Things You Should Know About Beetles
Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all are equipped with a hard exoskeleton, six legs, and two antennae. Most species of beetle prefer to stay outside and feed on plants and gardens. Occasionally, however, beetles will enter into homes to seek shelter from inclement weather or unfriendly temperatures outdoors. Some beetles such as the merchant grain beetle are known for invading boxes of dried foods where they can lay their eggs. These eggs take roughly 8 days to hatch into larvae who then begin to feed the food that surrounds them. As you can imagine, pouring out a bowl of cereal and finding bugs wiggling inside of it is more than a bit disconcerting.
A Few Things You Need To Know About Crickets
Do you know that not all crickets chirp? The truth is only male crickets chirp. This is done by rubbing the edges of their forewings together. The reason they do this is to attract a mate and let us tell you, the last thing you need in your home is crickets making this annoying noise.
Just like beetles, crickets love feeding on seeds, stems, and plant life in general. When inside homes, they will look for dropped grains, left out fruit, and vegetables to munch on. Although this behavior is not dangerous in any way, it can still be disgusting to think about.
Crickets are drawn into homes for the same reason beetles are. If the weather outside is unfavorable crickets will be quick to come indoors. Once inside, they will look for ways to sustain themselves. If they cannot find a way to survive indoors they will wander around until the moment they are found or until they can find a way back outside.
How To Keep Beetles and Crickets Out Of Your Home
The good news is that beetles and crickets invade homes in the same ways. This means you can prevent both at the same time. Here are some detailed ways our experts recommend you defend your home against these pests.
Search your home’s exterior foundation for cracks, gaps, and holes. Fill in any entry points you find using a caulking gun.
Check your home’s weather stripping and replace or repair it as needed.
If you have not already, invest in high-quality door sweeps for all exterior doors.
Make sure all window and door screens are free of rips and tears.
Keep bushes and tree branches trimmed away from the exterior of your home.
Trim your grass at least once weekly and make sure your landscaping is well maintained.
Check indoor flowers and plants for bugs before bringing them inside.
Inspect boxes of dried food for holes before you put them into your cart.
For an easier solution to beetle and cricket prevention, trust the professionals here at All-American Pest Control. We know the absolute best methods for keeping pests out of homes and would be happy to share our success with you. Reach out to our team of experts today to find your home’s best solution to pests.