Posted by John Fasoldt on 15:13:55 12/17/2015 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Camel crickets posted by Jack on 22:03:07 12/16/2015 from 126.96.36.199:
Jack, you really don't have to be concerned about them at all, they are harmless. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to convince my own wife of that, and it's been going on 40 years now...
You only saw one? You are indeed a lucky man! It is possible you'll see more.
Best thing to do, if you can, is to control them outside, before they get inside. What often happens is they get in when they're small, in between the wooden plate and the slab. Remember, after a few years, "things move" - wood shrinks, cracks, etc. Allows small critters to get in. See if you can caulk these cracks, you can do that without an exterminator. In fact, you can do everything without an exterminator.
Around the outside, you can use a granular insecticide (crickets on the label) and use according to directions, don't buy too much, it does have a shelf life. One season is all you want to get. I wouldn't buy or use the granular unless you HAVE the problem. This is NOT a protectant, it's a treatment for an ongoing problem.
Glueboards, inside, are good at catching them (non-toxic!) get the cheap cardboard type, not the $10 plastic ones.
(My wife says they're ugly and they JUMP.) lol
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