Get rid of crickets at night naturally.

How to Get Rid of Crickets Outside Naturally (Ultimate Guide)

So, you need to get rid of crickets outside your home.

The chirping is driving you nuts and you can’t stand it.

Night after night.

Thankfully, there are some DIY home remedies you can use to get rid of them naturally.

In this guide, we’ll talk about:

  • How to identify crickets
  • Why you have crickets in your home or garden
  • Ways to get rid of them naturally
  • How to keep them away from your property for good
  • And more

This is a detailed and complete guide (or so that’s my aim), so feel free to bookmark it so you can easily return later.

And as always, if you have any questions, ask me!

Sound good? Let’s send those crickets hopping!

What’s a cricket?

A cricket in the house.
You’ve seen one before.

A cricket is a common pest found all over the world part of the Gryllidae family.

We’ve all seen one- the long and powerful rear legs allow them to jump and leap many times their height.

Some can even fly!

They’re commonly found in yards and sometimes enter homes.

They’re also popular in the feeder insect market as they’re fed to reptiles, fish, and other pets hobbyists keep. Some people even keep crickets as pets.

Usually, they pose no harm. Even though they bite, they’d rather flee than attack.

The most annoying part of crickets is their chirping. If you have them outside your house, they’ll chirp all night in the summer when it’s hot.

This can drive anyone mad.

And sometimes, they’ll get into your house to continue their chirping.

Types of crickets

There are a few different types of cricket species commonly found in homes and gardens.

Some of the most prevalent ones are:

  • House cricket
  • Mole cricket
  • Mormon cricket
  • Bush crickets
  • Parktown cricket
  • Jerusalem cricket
  • Camel cricket
  • Australian field cricket

There are over 900 cricket species in total, but these are the most common ones.

Appearance

A cricket eating food on a stick.
A cricket has a distinct appearance and is easy to ID.

House crickets have no distinct appearance that makes them extraordinary.

I’m sure you’ve seen a cricket before, or at least have some knowledge of how a cricket looks, right?

They’re easy to tell apart from other insects because of the three dark bands across their heads.

Crickets are generally black, silver, or brown in coloration.

They have large rear legs that they use to jump huge distances with noticeable antennae, wings, and smaller front limbs.

Crickets grow to about 1” at maximum length.

The nymphs look just like the adults but albeit a smaller version with no wings.

Female crickets have an ovipositor which looks like a long thin needle sticking out of their posterior. This is used to deposit eggs into the soil.

Different cricket species have different appearances, but they generally all look similar to each other.

Crickets are easy to identify from other pests because there’s nothing else as prevalent as them that have the same appearance- unless you count grasshoppers, which look like giant crickets.

Cricket life cycle

The life cycle of a cricket is simple. Male crickets chirp to attract a female.

They mate and females deposit up to 100 eggs into the soil 0.5″ deep. The mating occurs in late spring or early summer.

Most crickets deposit their eggs directly in the soil, but some lay them on plants. The eggs hatch in 14 days. Nymphs are then born.

Baby crickets are exactly the same as adults in appearance, but without wings.

They’re about 1/8″ in length and are usually eaten by other crickets. Yes, they’re cannibals.

The babies that escape will go through 10 different instars for most species.

They reach adult size in about 3 months or shorter depending on temperature and food availability. Wings are visible at 30 days.

Adult crickets are about 1″ at max length. They have large rear feet that let them jump far distances.

Visible wings, antennae, and front legs are also visible.

Adults eat bugs and plants. They do bite and some species can fly short distances.

Can crickets fly?

Although crickets have wings, they can’t all fly.

Jerusalem and camel crickets have no wings, so they definitely don’t have the ability to fly.

House crickets, on other hand, are capable of flight.

They also use their wings to make the annoying chirping noises you hear at night. Most crickets will jump and hop rather than fly.

Why do I keep finding crickets in my house?

Cricket in home.
Crickets forage for the food and water.

You’re finding them all around your house because there’s likely an infestation somewhere.

There’s something they’re eating from and your home provides the necessary environmental conditions they need- food, water, and dampness.

Female crickets can deposit over 100 eggs and newly born baby crickets hatch within 14 days. As soon as they hatch, they begin feeding on scraps.

You’ll often find them hiding in dark areas of the home around trash cans, furniture, clothes, fireplaces, and bathrooms.

As long as you provide them food, water, and a place to stay, they’ll be happy to stay in your home.

This is why you may keep finding them at your house.

Do crickets bite?

Yes, crickets are fully capable of biting.

Their mouths are too small to actually break the skin, but they can chew on the outer layer of your skin.

They rarely do so and you may be surprised when you read that they can bite.

If you’re bitten, clean the wound properly.

You should always wear PPE when handling or going near crickets. When in doubt, consult a professional exterminator.

Do crickets carry disease?

Yes, crickets carry many different diseases and this is why you should avoid touching them when possible.

Always use gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and goggles when approaching crickets.

Wear proper PPE to avoid getting contamination from them.

Since crickets jump, they can transmit various bacteria and disease to your skin, mouth, ears, face, eyes, etc.

You should always clean and sanitize yourself after coming into contact with one.

Plus, you don’t know where exactly the cricket’s going to jump, so be careful.

How do I kill crickets in my house?

There are multiple ways to do this, but you should start with the basics.

Put diatomaceous earth around the areas in your house where crickets are active. Make bait balls to lure them out and kill them.

Use sticky tape or sticky traps to keep them out of specific rooms (or to lock them into a room).

Try essential oil sprays to deter them naturally. The amount of different techniques you can use to eliminate them in your home is endless.

But it’ll require you to decide what works and what doesn’t.

What attracts crickets in the house?

Crickets are well suited for household environments because they like the warm and damp areas.

They’re often found near heaters, radiators, kitchens, fireplaces, basements, and garages. They can even be hiding in your bathroom!

Crickets also hang out outdoors near woodpiles, mulch, fresh soil, waste, and compost.

Once they get into your home, they’ll chirp at night which can drive some people crazy.

They don’t wander into homes for no reason- they may be foraging for food, water, or escaping predators or climate conditions.

Note that the chirping from crickets comes from males. Female house crickets don’t chirp.

They may be found eating wool, silk, cotton, and leather as they nest and consume these materials.

Food sources in the house also tend to be waste products like trash.

However, they’ll gladly eat veggies, fruits, and even dog/cat food!

What do crickets eat?

Crickets eat all sorts of things from fish flakes to apples. This is why they’re probably kept as pets or raised for reptile food by hobbyists.

They’re omnivores and will scavenge on whatever they can find.

Fruits and veggies top the list of their favorite foods, but some other common things they forage for are:

There’s really no limit to what they eat and they’re not picky.

Thus, they can easily find something in your garden to live off of.

And this is why you probably have them outside your home at night chirping away.

Why do crickets suddenly stop chirping?

You may notice that the crickets stop singing their tunes as soon as you walk by.

When they detect that there’s a potential threat nearby, they stop singing. This is so they don’t expose themselves to the predator. They’ll shut up and stay silenced.

After a few minutes, they’ll resume chirping again.

You can this to locate them inside your home. When they stop singing, you need to stop moving.

Wait for them to resume and continue finding that hidden cricket.

very time you’ll get closer to their hiding place so you can find where the cricket is. This actually works.

How do I naturally get rid of crickets?

Cricket eating flower.
Use these techniques to rid any crickets in your home naturally.

Here are some DIY remedies you can use to get rid of the crickets outside your home naturally. And stop the chirping at night.

Note that some of them may not work for you, so it’s best to try out as many as you can to see what DOES work.

You’ll have to try a bunch of them out to see the results. Use them in tandem for the best results.

Regardless, they’re all relatively natural and don’t use any harmful chemicals.

If you have any questions, post them in the comments section.

Alright, onto the list!

Will Windex kill crickets?

Yes, Windex will kill crickets right away upon contact.

And I know, this list is supposed to be a list of ways to get rid of them naturally (without chemicals).

But if you don’t have any commercial pesticide sprays at home and all you have is a bottle of Windex lying around, you may want to use this as a substitute.

If you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to set up some DIY solutions, then you can grab a bottle of Windex to kill them instantly. It’s really the ammonia in the spray that does all the work.

The best part about using Windex is that the spray bottle comes with the “spray” and the “stream” option, so you can adjust accordingly to the distance of the pest.

If you’re afraid of getting close up to the cricket, a spray bottle works wonders.

Plus, the Windex should be able to clean up the bacteria it leaves behind.

Can vinegar kill crickets?

Vinegar can be an effective way to kill crickets upon contact.

Just mix 3 ounces of vinegar per cup of water and spray it on crickets directly.

The acidity of the solution wipes them out immediately.

Vinegar is also completely safe for pets and people when used correctly.

Be careful of surfaces that are sensitive to vinegar as it very well damages some surfaces, so you don’t want to spray this stuff everywhere. If you find that it doesn’t eliminate them on the first spray, you can increase the vinegar concentration.

It also acts as a solution to kill bacteria and viruses (and bug splatter). So that’s nice.

Vinegar is a fast, cheap, and natural way to get rid of crickets that actually works.

Don’t underestimate the power of natural vinegar. You can also use apple cider vinegar as a substitute.

This works well for crickets on your organic veggies and fruits. You can keep them organic by using ACV.

Although pricier, it works the same.

Will baking soda kill crickets?

Baking soda for crickets.
Baking soda is excellent at killing roaches, crickets, and more.

Baking soda doesn’t kill crickets effectively by itself.

It’s best to be used only in conjunction with another compound, like boric acid or borax.

Simply tossing baking soda on a cricket or even making a baking soda spray won’t be effective enough to control them.

Thus, don’t waste your time with baking soda unless you plan to add it to another mixture.

Use salt and water

Salt and water actually make an excellent cricket deterrent.

When sprayed with enough concentration, it’ll kill crickets. You just mix plain table salt and water (3 tablespoons per quart) and stir.

Then spray it on crickets you come across to kill them. From experience, this does take time to get the formula right.

You may need to adjust the salt concentration if you find that the crickets aren’t being eliminated.

But then again, this recipe is all-natural without any harmful chemicals. So there’s that.

Be careful not to spray on sensitive surfaces that may be sensitive or damaged by salt.

Cricket repellent essential oil

Essential oils can be used as a cricket repellent to deter these pests naturally.

They hate some particular scents, and essential oils are no exception.

Some powerful repellents such as peppermint, sage, thyme, eugenol, or rosemary should work effectively.

Essential oils are very concentrated, so they need to be diluted before use. Read the label and follow the directions.

Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is a white, natural powder that comes from fossilized algae.

DE has dehydrating properties because it cuts up hard exoskeletons, such as the hard shell of crickets!

Thus, diatomaceous earth can be used against crickets as a natural pesticide.

The best part is that DE is safe for people and pets, as long as you get food grade diatomaceous earth.

There’s also a pool-grade one, which you should avoid for cricket control since that one has some dangerous compounds.

Food grade DE can even be eaten, so it’s harmless for people when used correctly.

When you buy some, sprinkle the powder around areas that you see cricket activity.

You can use it to block up entry points, keep crickets off plants, stop crickets from coming in under door frames, and repel them from your yard.

The powder can be applied anywhere in a fine layer that’s barely visible to the naked eye.

Don’t overdo it or else crickets may avoid it.

You want them to step over it so it sticks to their body. This is how it can kill them over time. They need to make contact with it first.

Note that DE is useless when it gets wet.

So if it rains, you need to reapply it. Avoid sprinkling it around your sprinklers, drains, or other high humidity areas.

Boric acid

Boric acid dust can be a very effective cricket killer.

You can buy this stuff from hardware stores and sprinkle it around cracks, crevices, wall voids, door gaps, foundation cracks, plumbing, and other entryways.

When crickets come into contact with the dust, it sticks to their hard shell and dehydrates them over time.

You don’t need to dilute it or do anything special- just a fine layer of dust around your home and garden where you see cricket activity should be enough to keep them away at night.

Boric acid does have some warning labels, so be sure to read them before you use it. Use as directed.

Keep pets and people away to minimize disturbance.

Homemade cricket bait

You can make your own cricket bait/killer at home with some basic ingredients.

When you make a DIY bait, you control what goes in it and you can keep nasty residues out. This bait trap will eliminate them passively.

Once you set it up, just leave it there and it’ll kill any crickets that feed on it.

The main ingredient that kills them is boric acid. You’ll want to buy the liquid type, not the powder or dusty type.

When they consume boric acid, they’ll be killed by dehydration.

Of course, they won’t eat this stuff on their own. So you need to make a bait to lure them to eat the poison.

Here’s how to make it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup table sugar
  • Diced onion (whole)
  • ⅛ cup water
  • Some used cooking oil

How to make it:

  • Put on your protective gloves and goggles (and anything else you need). Wear proper PPE.
  • Add the boric acid to the flour mix. Then chop the onion and add it to the mixture.
  • Stir well so that the boric acid covers the flour and the onion completely.
  • Add the cooking oil. Stir again.
  • Add the water and sugar together in a separate container. Let it mix until the sugar dissolves. You can use hot water if needed to speed up the dilution.
  • Add the sugar water to the other flour mixture. Stir well.
  • You should have a pasty, gooey substance. Take the paste by the palmful and roll it into balls of cricket bait.
  • You can also make thin strips to cover up cracks and crevices.
    If the mixture is too runny, add more flour.
  • Or if it’s too thick, add more water.

How to use it:

  • Place the bait balls around places that you suspect cricket activity.
  • The cooking oil, sugar, and onion attract them to eat from the bait. They’ll consume the boric acid at the same time, which will kill them.
  • You can use them outdoors in the garage, patio, barns, basements, or your garden.
  • Place them around the perimeter of your home and next to entry points like patio doors, windowsills, and doors.
  • You can also use them in your kitchen and bathroom, but I suggest keeping them out of food prep areas since boric acid can be transferred to eating utensils.
  • Keep away from food prep areas unless all your equipment is 100% contained.
  • Don’t forget about wall voids, crawl spaces, and under appliances.
  • Keep pets and people away from the bait balls at all times.
    Replace when they’re fully eaten or soaked from the wind.
  • You can store them in the fridge in plastic wrap or a disposal container if needed, but make sure it doesn’t touch your food. And clean the surfaces it sits on.
  • These bait balls work well to kill crickets.
  • Soon enough, you’ll see a reduction in the annoying chirping at night outside your home.
  • While boric acid does have some dangers, it’s still considered to be much safer than commercial pesticides.
  • Read all labels and use as directed.

Borax

Borax can be bought at your local superstore in the laundry aisle.

The most popular brand that homeowners seem to prefer for DIY pest control is 20 Mule Team Borax.

No matter whether you get a name brand or generic, just check to make sure it’s pure, natural borax.

You can mix equal parts borax and sugar with some water to make a paste similar to the recipe above.

Mold them into spheres to place them around the yard as a DIY cricket killer.

Alternatively, you can sprinkle borax around the home as a fine powder similar to how you’d apply diatomaceous earth outlined previously.

Use sticky traps and sticky tape

Sticky traps are a completely passive, hands-off way to get rid of crickets.

Just set and forget. Sticky traps are as easy as it gets- typically they’ll come in a small trap station or a hard panel lined with sticky adhesive tape.

Use as directed and place them where you suspect crickets to be present.

You can place the traps under storage racks, around cracks/crevices, under doors, around the home, basement, garage, bathroom, and more.

You can also use sticky tape, which you can stick to the wall or baseboards.

They’re easy to use and will capture crickets without any work from you.

Don’t forget to replace the traps as needed. Dead bugs will attract other bugs to your home. Use as directed by the label.

Sticky traps are one of the easiest ways to get rid of crickets naturally. They’re easy and straightforward and you can buy them at any local hardware store.

Natural predators

Cricket are a delicious meal for reptiles and this is why they’re commonly sold in the pet trade as a gut-loaded food.

There’s no limit to the sheer number of predators that prey on crickets.

If you have any of these native to your area, you can research on ways to get more of them to your property to help control the cricket population naturally:

Supersonic repellers

There are these commercially sold “ultrasonic” or “supersonic” repellers that are said to repel crickets by sound.

Whether or not they work, I have no idea.

You just plug them into an outlet and they emit a sound that we can’t hear but crickets hate.

You can try this if it appeals to you since it’s no mess and no work on your end- other than buying the unit. Read some reviews and make sure you can return it before you buy it!

Chickens

Chickens eating crickets.
Chickens are one of the BEST predators for crickets.

Chickens are the best natural predator you can possibly get- for more than just crickets.

Plus, chickens will gobble up crickets, flies, beetles, cockroaches, spiders, caterpillars, worms, and more without hesitation.

They’ll come out and forage during the day for a food source.

And if crickets are found, they’ll peck at them and eat them up. If your city ordinance allows chickens to be kept in your yard, consider getting a pair of male/female chickens.

They’re very low maintenance and easy to keep for even the beginner.

Plus, you’ll get a source of unlimited, organic eggs!

It’s easy to learn how to raise them as there are plenty of forums around that teach you the basics.

Molasses

Molasses is the ultimate trap for crickets.

They can’t resist the sweet allure of the tasty treat.

Mix a bowl of molasses and water and place the mixture where rickets are present. They’ll smell the molasses and dive right into it, only to not escape because of the sticky viscosity.

You can do equal parts of both to start. But adjust accordingly.

If you think they’re escaping the bait, add more molasses to trap them. This is a natural, chemical-free way to get rid of crickets.

And it actually works.

DIY cricket bait

You can make some cricket bait to force crickets hiding in your lawn to come out.

Mole crickets are especially prominent in lawns and can cause extensive damage to it.

You can lure them out by using a mixture of dish soap (2 tablespoons per 6 liters of water) and spray it all over your lawn using a handheld sprayer or hose attachment.

Do one section at a time.

When you spray the soap on the lawn, the mole crickets will come out. You can vacuum them up or kill them at this point.

After you’re done, water the lawn to stabilize the alkalinity of the soap water.

Sensitive lawns may be damaged by soapy water, so you’ll want to test it on a small square space before applying to your entire lawn.

Nematodes

Nematodes can be used to disturb the life cycle of crickets. They’ll effectively sterilize them and stop them from breeding by destroying the larvae.

When used properly in the early spring, they eat younger crickets and this reduces the overall population so the next generation is much less in numbers compared to previous ones.

Over time, the nematodes will slowly destroy the cricket population. Most nematodes are safe for plants, people, and pets- even edible plants like fruits and veggies.

So if you have cricket eating your edible plants, you can use nematodes to keep them off your fruits and veggies.

Use as directed.

The most popular nematode for cricket control is Steinernema scapterisci (AKA “mole cricket nematode”). Read all labels before use.

DIY dish soap

Dish soap is simple to make, DIY cricket pesticide.

You just need two tablespoons of liquid dish soap and a liter of water.

Mix them together and then pour it into a spray bottle. That’s it.

Now you have a powerful cricket spray that you can spray directly on any crickets you come across.

If you’re not the type that can squish crickets by hand (or shoe), then use a spray to kill them from a distance.

The spray should eliminate them instantly, not giving them the chance to jump away.

If you find that they’re jumping away when you spray, consider getting a spray bottle that has a “jet” function where it sprays the stream into a single, concentrated beam.

Also, you can add more soap to bump the concentration of dish soap to make it stronger.

Use plants that repel crickets

Plants that repel beetles.
You can use plants to do the job.

Two plants that deter crickets are closer and sweet potatoes.

Both of these plants are nitrogen producing plants that inject excess N into the soil.

Crickets hate nitrogen and thus stay away from them. You can plant either one around the yard to help keep them away.

Garlic is also another plant that crickets hate.

You can plant garlic or just crush several whole garlic and put them into a nylon sock. Put the socks around the perimeter of your yard to keep them out.

Clean up your yard

Keeping your garden clean and tidy is one of the BEST things you can do to keep crickets away (plus, stop their chirping at night).

Crickets are foraging for food and water, so if you keep your garden clean, they’ll have minimal sources to sustain themselves.

Eliminating debris will also prevent potential places to hide and breed.

So it’s in your best interest to keep your yard tidy.

Here are some regular maintenance tips:

Remove food and water

Dog trying to eat food.
Bugs eating your dog food? Crickets will.

Without a steady source of food and water, crickets have no business in your yard.

Remove all potential sources to minimize the risk of a cricket infestation on your property and stop future cricket problems.

Crickets are scavengers and will consume a variety of fruits and veggies, so you’ll want to use some of the various DIY techniques outlined here to keep them off your plants.

They also drink water from the plants they eat, so if you keep them off your edibles, they should have no food and water.

This makes your yard not as favorable to them and may deter them naturally from coming in.

Remove clutter and debris

As with eliminating food and water, you’ll want to also remove any clutter that’s piling up in the yard.

Crickets will use any debris or clutter to hide and breed.

Plus, this will shield them from predators that eat them.

Consider cleaning up or removing patio furniture, BBQs, woodpiles, hose reels, storage crates, recycle bins, trash bins, etc.

You can make sure crickets stay out by using sticky traps, sticky tape, diatomaceous earth, or making bait balls.

Sprinkling a line of fine DE around the clutter in your yard helps prevent crickets from getting in because they need to cross the line of deterrent.

You can also use sticky tape and tape up small cracks and crevices they could be using to hide out inside.

Seal up your home

Keeping your home’s upkeep on a schedule will help stop bugs from getting inside.

If you’re dealing with random crickets roaming around your bathroom, kitchen, garage, living room, or basement, then you should find out how they’re getting in and block them.

This is the perfect opportunity to really do a home evaluation and check for any cracks or crevices that they’re using to infiltrate your property.

Some common areas to check are foundational cracks, crawl spaces, wall voids, baseboards, door frames, patio doors, window screens, and pet doors.

You’ll want to repair any damaged foundation slab, patch up crevices, and replace torn or ripped screens on your property.

Any possible entry point can be utilized by them, so keep them well maintained and you’re good to go.

How do you get crickets to shut up?

As annoying as crickets are, there are a few things you can do to shut them up.

Along with the various methods outlined in this article, here are a few additional ones you can try out:

Get rid of all food sources

Crickets need to eat and drink, just like most other pests.

If you eliminate their food and water source, then they NEED to migrate away from your property to sustain themselves, so this means doing a thorough scan of your garden, home, storage, garage, etc.

You need to remove everything that could possibly be feeding them and keeping them around your property.

This is why crickets tend to hide in the basement- there’s plenty of moisture trapped in the air and they can survive off the humidity.

If you have damp or humid areas in your home, use exhaust fans to remove the moisture.

You can also set up box fans to blow out the air or use a dehumidifier for rooms that are especially damp. The crickets immediately leave when the overall humidity drops.

They need it to successfully breed. This does it for water.
As for food, this is much more difficult to control.

You’ll need to use a powerful vacuum to remove the finest particles of food- they can even just eat wood or sawdust!

Remove all sources as much as you can.

Turn on the AC

Crickets thrive in temperatures that are warmer (up to 90F).

Hotter climates also speed up their breeding and lifecycle, which gives rise to future generations.

This is why you only hear crickets outside when it’s hot and they’re chirping quickly (it’s said you can tell the temperature by applying a formula to their chirp speed).

When you raise the temperature, the environmental conditions become less favorable to them.

You can use a portable AC unit for rooms that they’re hiding in.

You’ll have to keep it on for a few days to evacuate them. Pair it with low humidity and you’ll really get them out of your home.

How to get rid of cricket noise at night

There is no single solution to get rid of the noise at night.

You’ll have to use a combination of the techniques outlined here to get rid of the crickets.

Once you get rid of the crickets, then you get rid of the noise as well.

I’d suggest starting with the proven effective DIY remedies such as diatomaceous earth, borax, bait balls, sticky traps, and sticky tape.

The noise doesn’t stop until the crickets are fully managed, controlled, and eradicated.

Thus, focus on getting rid of the crickets themselves rather than the noise.

You can silence the chirping by:

  • Wearing earplugs at night
  • Using a white noise machine
  • Shutting doors and windows completely
  • Running a fan to drown out the chirping sounds

What kills crickets instantly?

The fastest way to kill crickets naturally is by using your shoe or a roll of newspaper.

Other than that, you can use Windex, vinegar, apple cider vinegar, soapy water, or a commercial application.

Try to stick with organic or natural remedies only to keep it safe for your pets and people in the area.

What is the best bug spray for crickets?

There are many commercial bug sprays for crickets.

And I’d avoid using any of them as they leave nasty residuals floating around your home and garden.

Focus on using DIY remedies that are natural to keep yourself safe.

But if you absolutely need to use some kind of commercial pesticide, look for a spray that contains Chlorpyrifos, which is an active ingredient that kills crickets quickly.

Always use as directed.

How to get rid of crickets in the garden

Clean yard to eradicate crane flies.
A clean yard proves to be less attractive to pests.

Crickets you find in your yard can be controlled by using the various techniques listed above.

Use a combination of diatomaceous earth, essential oil sprays, cricket traps, and bait balls for passive control.

For active control, you can spray them vinegar, dish soap, or even use natural predators like chickens to control their numbers.

It’s all about securing your property and making it less favorable to crickets.

If there’s nothing for them to eat or drink, there’s no reason for them to infest your property.

How to get rid of a cricket you can’t find

If you can’t find a hidden cricket in your home, it can drive you mad from making noise all night.

The first thing you’ll need to do is seal up your home.

Find out how it got in and block whatever entry point it used to infiltrate your home.

Second, the only way to find out where it’s hiding is to listen.

As you approach the cricket or make noise, you’ll notice that it’ll suddenly stop chirping.

Crickets can sense potential danger nearby so they stop chirping when they hear something.

You need to stand still for a bit and wait for it to start again to find the source of the noise.

Additionally, you can use the fact that they stop chirping to your benefit.

When they stop chirping, you know you’re near them at that point. Stand still and wait. Then continue the hunt. This is the only reliable way to find them without fail.

Otherwise, you’ll have to tear down your house just to locate a tiny cricket!

Be patient. Once you find the place the cricket’s hiding, you can take measures to take it down. No reason to rage at it singing because you can use that to your benefit.

Most crickets will hide in damp and humid conditions, so it’s common to find them in these locations:

  • Bathrooms
  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Wall voids
  • Cabinets
  • Kitchens
  • Pantries
  • Near fruit, veggies, or pet food
  • Fireplaces
  • Closets
  • Drawers

Note that crickets can also eat wool, silk, and other fabrics. So they may hide in your walk-in closet or dresser.

On the plus side, crickets generally will leave on their own eventually.

They don’t stay in your home forever and you can speed it up by constantly disturbing it, removing food sources, and making conditions unfavorable.

Use the DIY home remedies above to control them and manage crickets in your home and garden naturally.

You may go crazy for a few nights, but consider getting some earplugs or using white noise machines to deafen the annoying chirping.

Further reading

Here are some references you may find useful on your quest to control, mange, and eliminate crickets:

Did you get rid of the cricket noise at night?

Cricket eating a plant in the yard.
Cricket noises can be controlled at night, but you’ll need patience.

You should have everything you need to know to control these critters at night.

Use the various home remedies outlined in this guide to help you get rid of crickets at night without the use of chemicals.

Everything from natural solutions like sticky traps, diatomaceous earth, boric acid, to luring natural predators can all be effective.

It’s up to you to find out which one works for your situation.

Try multiple methods at the same time and scale up the ones that work.

Stop the ones that don’t.

You should be able to dampen the crickets by reducing their population.

If you have any questions or tips to suggest for ridding these critters, leave a comment and let me know.

If you found this page helpful or something needs to be updated- please give me some feedback so I can improve future articles.

Consider telling a friend (chances are you’re both suffering from those noisy crickets at night).

Thanks for reading.

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