Cricket noise can be pretty bothersome, especially if it’s loud. If you’re trying to sleep and there’s a cricket chirping away outside your window, it can be pretty frustrating.
Some people actually find the sound relaxing, but for most of us, it’s just annoying.
There are a few things you can do to try and get rid of the noise, but unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that any of them will work, but it’s worth trying.
How to Get Rid Of Cricket Noise at Night (Enjoy Better Sleep)
- Use of Cricket Traps.
- Cricket Repellents
- Keep Your Yard Clean.
- Get Some Cricket Predators.
- Switch off the Lights.
- Make your home cricket-proof
- Low Temperatures.
- Use Vinegar, Salt, and Scents.
- Try Earplugs and White Noise Machine.
1. Cricket Traps
Cricket traps are one of the most commonly used methods for pest control. Crickets are attracted to the light and heat, so these traps can be placed near windows or other areas where they are likely to congregate.
The traps typically contain a sticky substance that will trap the cricket when it comes in contact with it. Once the cricket is trapped, it will dehydrate and die.
There are many different types and brands of cricket traps available commercially, but you can also make your trap using a few simple materials. The most important thing to remember when using any type of trap is to set it up in an area where crickets are active and check it regularly to remove any caught insects.
To make your cricket trap, start by finding a container with an opening large enough for a cricket to fit through. A small plastic container with a lid or even a mason jar works well. Cut a piece of cardboard or stiff paper into a funnel shape and tape it to the opening of the container so that the cricket can crawl in but won’t be able to escape.
You can also bait the trap with a bit of food, like a piece of fruit or a few drops of honey, to attract crickets. Place the trap in an area where you’ve seen crickets and check it every day or two. When you find a cricket in the trap, release it outside, far away from your home.
2. Cricket Repellents
Cricket repellents are substances that are used to keep crickets away from your home. There are a variety of different repellents available on the market, but the most common and effective ones contain chemicals that mimic the pheromones that crickets use to attract mates.
These chemicals can be sprayed around your home or applied directly to surfaces where crickets are likely to congregate, such as in cracks and crevices. Some cricket repellents also contain other ingredients that help to repel other insects, such as ants and spiders.
One of the most popular cricket repellents is D-Limonene, which is a natural citrus extract. This substance is safe for humans and pets, and it has a strong scent that crickets find repulsive.
D-Limonene can be found in many household cleaners and is also used as an ingredient in some bug sprays. If you want to try a natural repellent, mix equal parts of D-Limonene and water in a spray bottle and apply it to areas where crickets are likely to enter your home. You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil to the mixture to make it even more effective.
Another common cricket repellent is pyrethrin, which is derived from chrysanthemum flowers.
It is highly toxic to insects, but its safe for humans and pets when used as directed. Pyrethrin can be found in many over-the-counter insecticides, but it is also available in a concentrated form that must be diluted before use.
When using pyrethrin, be sure to follow the directions on the label carefully and only apply it to areas where crickets are likely to be present.
3. Natural Repellents
If you’d prefer not to deal with traps or insects at all, there are a few natural repellents that may help to keep crickets away from your home.
One option is to make a spray using water and essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemon. Just mix a few drops of each oil in a small spray bottle filled with water and spritz it around any areas where crickets are a problem.
You can also try sprinkling diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your home or in any cracks or crevices where crickets might be able to get inside.
This powder is made from the fossilized remains of algae and works by dehydrating insects that come into contact with it. Just be sure to avoid inhaling the powder, which can be harmful to your lungs.
4. Keep Your Yard Clean.
If you want to get rid of cricket noise at night, one of the best things you can do is to keep your yard clean. Crickets are attracted to places where there is a lot of organic matter, so by keeping your yard free of leaves, grass clippings, and other debris, you’ll make it less inviting for them. You should also make sure to keep trash cans and other potential hiding places for crickets clean and free of food scraps.
Eliminate Their Food Sources. Another way to reduce cricket noise at night is to eliminate their food sources. If there are any areas in your yard where insects are congregating, such as near a garden or flower bed, take steps to remove them. This may mean removing sources of stagnant water, trimming back vegetation, or using an insecticide.
Seal up Entry Points. If crickets are getting into your home, it’s essential to seal up any entry points they may be using. Check around your doors and windows for cracks and gaps, and caulk or otherwise seal them up. You may also want to install screens over your doors and windows to keep crickets out.
5. Get Some Cricket Predators
Crickets are actually types of grasshoppers, and like all grasshoppers, they have many predators. Some of these predators include:
- Birds: owls, hawks, and jays are just a few of the birds that will swoop down and snatch up a cricket for a tasty snack.
- Lizards: geckos, skinks, and anoles all enjoy a good cricket meal.
- Amphibians: frogs, toads, and newts will also eat crickets.
- Cats are natural predators of crickets and can help to keep them out of your home. Plus, they make great pets.
If you don’t mind having one of these animals around (and can keep it from eating your other pets!), release it into your home and let it do its thing.
Try to encourage them to stick around by putting out bird feeders or building a small pond. You may even want to release some ladybugs, who are voracious cricket eaters.
6. Use Insecticide
If you’re looking for a more immediate solution, you can always use an insecticide. There are many different types of insecticides available on the market, so be sure to choose one that specifically targets crickets.
You can apply the insecticide directly to any areas where you’ve seen crickets or near any entry points into your home. Just be sure to follow the directions on the product carefully and take all necessary safety precautions.
7. Use Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a powder made from fossilized algae that can be used as an insecticide. It works by dehydrating and killing insects that come into contact with it.
You can sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your home, in any cracks or crevices, or near any entry points. Just be sure to avoid inhaling it, as it can be harmful to humans if inhaled.
8. Use Vinegar, Salt, and Scents
If you have a cricket problem, one of the best ways to eliminate them is by using a mixture of vinegar, salt, and scents.
This combination will not only kill crickets but also repel them from your home. Simply mix equal amounts of vinegar and salt and add a few drops of any essential oil to the mixture.
Then, place this mixture in a bowl and set it out where you’ve seen crickets or near any entry points into your home.
The scent will repel the crickets, while the vinegar and salt will kill them if they come into contact with it. You may need to reapply this mixture every few days to keep the crickets away.
Hi, my name is Todd R. Bressler and I am the founder of this soundproofing blog. I’m a DIY enthusiast from Cincinnati, the city that just beat New York for the City That Never Sleeps Award in 2020. (Original) I have been in the DIY soundproofing industry for close to 5 years, running a YouTube channel and a Podcast show every Saturday. I started Crafty Soundproofing to help you learn the basics of “self defending yourself against noise”
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