Are Crickets Dangerous?
September 19, 2017
There are many pests that we can all agree are dangerous. No home is safe with brown recluse spiders crawling around inside it. When black widows appear in the basement, it is definitely time to call a professional. And the last thing anyone needs is a super-colony of yellow jackets living in their attic. Crickets definitely don't fit in this category but does that mean they're not dangerous?
There are many pests that pick up bacteria and spread it around in our homes. Ants climb in trash cans and then crawl around on our dishes and inside our food containers. Cockroaches run around in sewer lines and feed on dirty things, then explore our pantries, cabinets and countertops. Mice and rats are scavengers that climb in dumpsters, trash heaps and other dirty places and pick up harmful bacteria on their fur, so it is not surprising that they spread illness when they get into a home. But crickets don't do any of these things.
We could go on and on about all of the dangerous pests that can get into a home and spread bacteria, human pathogens and cause harmful bites, but you get the point. Crickets are not dangerous in this way. But that doesn't mean they aren't dangerous.
3 Ways Crickets Can Be Dangerous
Some crickets make noise. While these noises aren't directly harmful to us, they can keep us from getting a good night sleep. If this goes on for a prolonged period of time, like eight or nine months, it can eventually cause enough sleep deprivation to affect how well we can operate heavy machinery. And that can be dangerous for sure--if, of course, you operate heavy machinery, and you do nothing to stop that sleep deprivation.
Some crickets look like spiders but jump like grasshoppers. If you have a bad heart, it could be dangerous to run into one of these crickets in your basement, especially if you're prone to being startled by insects leaping off the wall, 8 feet, in your direction, or you have arachnophobia.
Some crickets chew on fabrics and make holes. If you're a piece of furniture, a curtain, or a blanket, you may be in serious danger. But, of course, if you're reading this, you're probably not any of those.
Okay. Crickets aren't dangerous. But that doesn't mean any of us want to have them in our homes. If you'd rather not spend hours searching for the cricket that is filling your home with a chirping sound and would prefer to not have a spider-looking cricket spring 8 feet from your basement wall to freak you out, let Adams Exterminating Company help you make your home a cricket-free zone. Reach out to us today and find out if you would like to learn more about our residential pest control services.