Achieving satisfactory control of cricket species typically requires treating both the interior and exterior of a building while also eliminating breeding and feeding sites outside, and ensuring that any openings near the ground level are properly sealed. As crickets are closely related to cockroaches, insecticides and formulations effective for controlling cockroaches indoors or outdoors can also be used to control crickets.
Some recommended methods of chemical control include residual sprays of pyrethroids, acetamiprid, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran or chlorfenapyr, fipronil and carbaryl for outdoor applications, wettable powder and microencapsulated formulations for residual control on outdoor surfaces, non-residual sprays with synergized pyrethrins or other pyrethroids for ULV applications in attics, ceiling voids, or crawlspaces, and dust formulations of a residual pyrethroid, boric acid, or silica aerogel for treatment of crawlspaces, attics, or wall and ceiling voids. Additionally, various granular bait formulations are available, which can be scattered around the foundation outdoors, as per label directions, and away from humans and pets.
When crickets are present in damp areas of the basement or ground-level floors, insecticide spray or bait applications are recommended, while other areas may require treatment for house crickets or seasonal swarms of field crickets, which can be found almost anywhere within a structure.
Residual pesticides should be applied outdoors to foundations, window wells, flowerbeds, around doors and windows, into crawlspaces, under garbage cans, and into weep holes in brick facings, as necessary.
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