The crickets have been absolutely crazy this year. I did some searching on the internet and according to Dr. Roger E. Gold of Texas A&M, the crickets are abundant for two reasons; “One, they have completed development and are reproducing and spreading out. Two, it’s hot and dry so they are moving out of the heat and seeking moisture.” (In MY house!)

He says there’s not much we can do about it except wait a couple of weeks. UGH. I have heard that killing crickets indoors is “bad luck”. Well, according to; a cricket on the hearth has been a sign of household luck for thousands of years. In China and other Asian countries, the cricket served as a watchdog: at any sign of danger, the chirping will stop. In the Far East as well as across Europe, it is considered very bad luck to kill a cricket, even by accident. Almost every Native American tribe believed the cricket, a bringer of luck, and they thought that imitating its chirp was disrespectful.

Have you ever tried to find that chirping cricket in your home? As soon as you get even close to the sound it stops. It’s enough to drive someone crazy!

So, how do we get rid of these noisy pests? According to How To Get Rid of Stuff you can use a bug spray. David found a liquid called Tempo that you mix in a 2 gallon sprayer and spray around the outside of the house. You have to repeat it in 7 to 10 days. It seemed to work pretty well and killed lots of other bugs as well. Of course, if you live in town you could just call a pest control company.

If you are concerned about using chemicals then you can make a homemade solution. Just half-fill a glass jar with molasses and place it near cricket infested spots. Crickets are attracted to the smell of molasses so they jump in, only to drown in it. If you use this method, make sure you clean it regularly.

What are you doing to keep the crickets out of your home or place of business?