Although crickets prefer to be outdoors, they will often seek shelter in your home. We’ve all likely had that moment when we suddenly hear a chirping noise and are unable to find the cricket. The chirping actually does have a purpose aside from being annoying. Male crickets make sounds by rubbing the edges of their forewings together to call for female mates. This motion is called stridulation. Some species have several songs in their repertoire. The calling song attracts females and repels other males, and it's fairly loud, especially if one is hiding in your home.
Like most insects, crickets are a huge nuisance especially if they've invaded your home. These hopping critters are drawn to certain items around and in your house. Making your exterior and interior less inviting to them will go a long way toward avoiding an invasion. They seek out moisture and dark hiding places in the home and outside of your house. It is important to know what to look for to consider removing before they find it.
As the weather warms up across the country, families will begin to spend more time outdoors in their backyards and lawns playing, grilling, picnicking, and having fun. Unfortunately, ticks are also out this time of year - and their idea of fun is feasting on you and your loved ones. Not only do ticks bite people and animals, they potentially carry Lyme disease, which can have severe and long-lasting effects if left undianosed.
Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your favorite grassy area free of ticks (and other pests!).
Wearing proper clothing will go a long way in helping to keep ticks from ruining a fun camping trip. When the weather gets warm it’s typical to wear minimal clothing outdoors. It’s worth considering a lightweight shirt with long sleeves and long pants even in the warm weather, especially if you'll be enjoying those summer months doing some camping. These articles of clothing will make it easier to find and remove ticks as they crawl along your clothing, before they have a chance to attach themselves onto your skin.