The noise of crickets are part of the charm during sunsets and summer nights. The high jumping ability of the insects and harmlessness of their existence usually exclude them from the list of insects to be killed. However, when you have a cricket trapped in or around your house, it can be impossible to get a decent night of rest. With an understanding of the things that attract crickets, you can locate the insects and dispose of them.
Set out a jar of molasses for the crickets. Crickets have an extremely sensitive sense of smell, and can locate food and other items in obscure places. The smell of molasses will attract crickets, who will then try to climb into the jar to eat its contents. Because molasses is such a sticky substance, any cricket that attempts to eat the food will become stuck in the goo. This may sound like a disgusting option, but if you are tired of cricket noises you may want to consider it.
Hunt for crickets in the early hours of morning. Crickets are highly active in the evening and late at night. By the time the sun comes up, the insects are less prone to jumping around, making them easier to catch. Set your alarm for an early hour, wake up, and hone in on the noise with a weapon of your choice. The cricket will be less likely to escape your clutch.
Expose the dirt around the foundation of your house and in your garden. Crickets typically lay eggs in the summertime under your grass. If you expose the dirt in which the eggs are hidden, they are more visible to predators that feast on the eggs. Reducing the cricket population is one method of preventing crickets from creating a habitat inside or outside of your home.
Fill your kitchen or bathroom sink with warm water and turn the light off in the room. Crickets are attracted to warm, damp places. As the crickets migrate to the "trap area," you can launch your attack. If you cannot pinpoint the source of cricket noise, it may be helpful to search under sinks, in bathtubs, and places outside that may be prone to collect water.
Spray insect pesticide around the foundation of your home and around door jams. Crickets are just as susceptible to poisons and pesticides as any other insect that causes problems in your home. Be careful when applying insecticide in large concentrations, as the spray may make you sick without proper ventilation.