We have had the bad luck of being introduced to camal crickets last year. We had used bait traps and eventually they disappeared. (It was never a heavy infestation…maybe 10 the whole season). Well, here we go again!!! They’re back!!!! We seem to think they are entering from underneath our wood deck. My husband has sealed the window with an expandable foam spray. However, there is an “eve” that he needs to try and get to so that it can also be sealed. We are pretty sure of where they are entering since we have traps in the basement area and they will only get stuck on the traps by the “eve” and window section of the basement. This area is dark, damp and totally protected from the outside elements since it is under the deck floor.(a perfect place for a cricket family to reside!).
We have only had about 10 again so far this year but they are visiting us earlier than last year. We have also caught about 3 or four on the sticky trap under the deck.
Which product(s) would you reccommend for a light infestation. I was going to order the Nabin FG and maybe the dust? My whole neighborhood seems to have the camal crickets this year!!!
Please let me know which products to purchase a/s/a/p. I can’t sleep well until I know that these alien bugs are gone!!!!
Camal crickets will commonly forage inside if given the chance. As explained in our on line article about CAMAL CRICKET CONTROL, they will many times nest up under decking, around patio slabs and pretty much any place which is dark and moist. As summer turns to fall, they will forage inside. It’s at this time that the residents of the home note an “infestation” and decide to treat.
Ironically, treating them only inside the home won’t really cure the problem. It’s definitely best to deal with them where they are breeding. This usually means applying some NIBAN FG to any mulch that surrounds the house. It also means treating the foundation of the house with the ESFENVALERATE we have listed every month or so. These treatments alone will many times cure the problem. Conversely, only treating inside when you see them will many times get most that forage inside. But next season, if you fail to treat the outside, they will once again grow in number and migrate inside the fall of that year. This cycle will go on over and over till you interrupt their development by getting them where it’s most important – outside of the home.
At this point, treating the outside with the Niban and Esfenvalerate should be done. And though sealing the window will no doubt help keep unwanted invaders from gaining access to the inside the of the home, there is no way this act alone will keep you cricket free. There are just way too many access points for you to seal so again, if you let them live outside, you’ll get them inside.
Lastly, becuase they have been a problem inside (and are currently active there as well), I would recommend setting up CRICKET TRAPS in any room where you have seen or suspect they are active. The more the better. Additionally, applying some Niban in wall voids or behind furniture you know they have been active will get them when they foraging for food. These two products alone could very well keep them under control without the need for any spraying to be done. But if you find they aren’t doing the job, use some Esfenvalerate in any room where they are being seen. The Esfenvalerate is odorless and will last a long time where used inside the home.