Say no more. Because we understand just how much you’ve been wanting to get rid of cricket noise at night.
Worse, they can seriously infest your home.
So how do you get rid of that chirping noise and keep them away from your home? There are a few techniques, methods, and tips we’ll share with you.
Ready? Let’s bring back peace to your sleep!
Basics of Crickets
Before we get into it, let’s go back to the basic things you should know about crickets.
In the United States, there are three common species of crickets. Although in reality, there are more.
- Great green bush cricket – This is the largest subspecies of crickets, but they generally won’t go inside your home nor start chirping.
- Camel crickets – To identify camel crickets, look for a striped brownish insect. They do not chirp, but they do look scary with their very long hind legs and arched back. Watch out for these because they are very successful home invaders, especially if your home is warm and humid.
- House crickets – This is the worst cricket type you could deal with. They are the most invasive of all these subspecies. Moreover, they love hanging inside your home and will drive you crazy with all the chirping they make. House crickets look yellow or brown and can pretty much eat anything, usually paper and natural fabrics.
Who Is More Likely to Have Crickets Inside Their Home?
People who live in the east of the Rocky Mountains, on the Eastern Coast, or around Southern California are very aware of the presence of crickets inside their home.
So, if you think this article doesn’t matter to you if you enjoy the melodic symphonies crickets make — think again.
Remember that crickets love warm and humid climates. They are also more numerous in the spring and early summer when they hatch and the fall when they become fully grown.
During winter, crickets will look for food and warmth from any nearby home.
Moreover, if you have flower beds, wood, or rock piles, you are more likely to get a cricket infestation because they love inhabiting tiny crevices, trees, long grasses, and bushes.
What If I Don’t Mind the Noises They Make?
You should still be worried even if you don’t mind cricket chirping because you need to prevent serious infestations!
- Plant Damage – If you happen to grow plants or crops, whether it be an indoor or outdoor garden, they can wreak havoc and destroy them because they love eating fruits and vegetables.
- Bites – They can bite humans and is more dangerous the bigger they are. If you get repeated painful bites from cricket, you can even get a skin reaction.
- Disease Carriers – Just like other animals or insects, crickets can also carry several diseases with them from the dangerous pathogens they have ingested. This is bad for you and your pets.
- Food Source – Crickets like fruits, vegetables, insects, garbage, fabrics, papers, and anything else. This means that the fruits you leave on the kitchen counter or dining table are in danger. And if they are desperate enough, they will turn to dry pet food, wood, leather, fur, and fabric, such as your clothes. They can even damage your wallpaper!
Why and How Do Crickets Make Noise?
Male crickets generate chirping by using their wings. These have huge veins running down the bottom sides with a comb-like structure protruding from the cricket wing.
Whenever male crickets rub one of their wings over the other, these structures on the bottom of the wing rub against the top surface of the other wing, creating the cricket chirping we love and hate.
Only male crickets make this chirping noise. Just like the colorful designs you find on a male peacock’s tail, this cricket chirping noise is meant to attract the females of this species and warn other males to stay away.
Crickets are nocturnal too, so you will likely only hear this sound at night.
How to Get Rid of Cricket Noise at Night
So now that you know just how important it is to find ways to get rid of crickets, here are the ways you can take to keep crickets and their sound away from your home so you get a good night’s sleep.
If You Keep Cricket Pets or Food
The easiest solution for you is to put them all in an aquarium and make them think night is day and day is night. They will only chirp during the day when you don’t mind it as much and will remain quiet at night.
If you don’t want to use light bulbs, you can place the box of crickets in a cool corner of your basement and keep them covered with a screen top instead, so you can let any heat and moisture escape.
If You Want to Muffle the Sound of Chirping Crickets
The tips in this section only apply if you don’t have an infestation on your hands, especially in your house.
This is perfect if you don’t want to be bothered with getting rid of crickets and just want to keep cricket noise to a minimum.
Cover Your Ears
The simplest and most effective way to keep crickets from driving you crazy with the sound they make is to shut out all that external noise while you sleep with a few things.
You can do this by wearing earplugs or covering your ears.
Earplugs are very comfortable and affordable. They’re also excellent for people who are very sensitive to any noise, not just cricket noise.
The only downside is that it makes it difficult to hear other external sounds you may need to hear, like your kids or alarm. Some people may also not like the feeling of having something in their ears.
Earmuffs are another way to keep crickets from annoying you, especially when they double as sleeping masks. This takes care of both noise and light, ensuring you have a full and comfortable night’s sleep.
While it won’t be as effective as earplugs, they should reduce the cricket noise enough to let you sleep.
The disadvantage is that they are bulkier. If you are the type to toss and turn or sleep on your side, they may not be that comfortable for you.
Your last and the most expensive option would be to get noise-canceling headphones or earbuds with an auto-shutoff function.
A wireless one would also keep you from waking up to either a tangled mess or broken headphones.
Like the earmuffs, these can be bulky and uncomfortable when you’re sleeping. Moreover, you’d have to remember to keep them adequately charged every night.
White Noise Machine
If you don’t want something in your ears while you slumber, you can choose to disguise the cricket noise with a noise machine.
A white noise fan or sound machine can make your ears believe that the cricket noise has stopped.
Electrical machines typically play recordings of white noise and various nature sounds. They also have timers and volume controls so that you can customize them to your liking.
Mechanical machines can create this noise that sounds more natural to the ear by using an internal blade to make the white noise rather than speakers.
As a bonus tip, there are also many sleeping apps today that play various sounds, including white noise and nature sounds. You can hook up your phone to some speakers and sleep the night away.
Soundproof Your Bedroom
As an alternative to the chirping or if you want to deal with other noise problems in one go, soundproofing your bedroom may be something to look into.
Ways to Get Rid of Crickets and Their Sound Permanently
These are the methods you can use to get rid of those crickets. The fact is, no one method will work on its own. We recommend using them together or in a combination that works for you to find the most effective way to deal with the crickets in your home.
Method 1: Clean Your Yard
As we’ve mentioned, crickets will look for places to hide in your yard and home. So the first step, regardless of the way you’ve chosen to remove crickets, is always to clean up your yard and house.
Step 1: Remove anything that might attract the crickets to stay
Make sure to dry out any damp areas and remove still or standing water, such as your pet’s water bowl or a birdbath.
Step 2: Check your lights.
Just like other insects, including moths and mosquitoes, crickets are attracted to lone sources of light.
However, they hate bright yellow bulbs and sodium vapor bulbs that simulate daylight. So replace your outdoor lights with these.
However, your neighbors may still use light bulbs that may attract them, so you should do this along with other solutions to get rid of them.
Step 3: Remove hiding places.
Crickets are difficult to get rid of because these bugs will look for any way to hide from people and infest your yard or home. So, make sure to remove all convenient hiding spots.
Focus on removing firewood, debris, rocks, and unused furniture. Throw these away or hide them in a shed if you need to use them at some other time.
Moreover, ensure that you keep your lawn well-maintained. Regularly trimming the yard will significantly decrease its hiding spots.
We also recommend that you spread food-grade diatomaceous earth where they usually hide.
This will dry out the crickets’ exoskeletons and prevent them from coming back or surviving. Don’t worry; this powder is perfectly safe for you, your plants, and your pets.
While you’re doing this, we recommend using vinegar and water to kill them.
You just need to mix vinegar and water (4 oz. per quart) in a spray bottle, then spray it liberally in their hiding places and wherever you hear the nighttime chirping. This will instantly kill them.
Method 2: Make These Troublemakers Hate Your Home
Now that your yard is more or less free of insects, including crickets and their males, you need to take steps to ensure they don’t follow you inside your home. This will be a constant process, so be consistent with keeping them away.
Always keep your doors and window closed and locked. If you want to let the wind or a breeze in, install bug screens on them and regularly check to ensure there are no gaps or holes.
Moreover, check and seal any cracks in the foundation or walls of your house.
Keep your home cool and dry to lessen the chances of them coming back. Remember, they love warm and humid spaces.
Fix any leaky pipes you may have and wipe off all your sinks and counters whenever you finish using them.
We highly recommend using a dehumidifier to remove moisture in the air. As for the temperature, keep it at 74 degrees Fahrenheit, as crickets prefer between 80 and 90 degrees.
Method 3: Use Bait/Products
Crickets are attracted to the sweet and sticky. You can leave some bait composed of maple syrup or molasses mixed with some water.
Put it in a jar or bowl in the area where you want to attract them. When they try to eat the mixture, they will slip into it and drown.
Another option is to use mouse traps with cornmeal in the middle of insect products like pest traps. You can also use a near-empty beer can that is on its side.
Then, you can dispose of them wherever you like.
Method 4: Introduce Their Enemy
There are plenty of other insects and animals that hate each other, including crickets. You can get a dog or cat to ask as your sentinel. Some bird species will also drive them away or eat them.
To attract birds, allow some of your hedges and trees to grow and install bird feeding tables and nest boxes. They will stay once they realize how many crickets they have to feast on!
Frogs also love eating crickets, so you can install a pond in your garden and encourage frogs to live there. This will also help deal with other insects you may be having problems with.
However, if you just need a quick solution and don’t want to be bothered with introducing additional pets and animals into your garden, then pest control is your best solution against an infestation.
We’re sure any sign of pest control will make those crickets run away!
There is more than one way to get rid of cricket noise at night. We hope we helped you deal with these insects so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep!