How To Get Rid Of Crickets In Your Basement Without Pesticides

by Joe on September 17, 2009

So I have camel crickets in the basement of my new home, something I discovered as a jumping creepy-crawly startled the heck out of me while I was putting away my things. Yikes! They’re nasty looking little things, though they seem pretty harmless and are probably just looking for moisture. They don’t belong in my basement, so I did some research on how to get rid of crickets without using harmful pesticides.

Here are a few ideas I found:

1) Seal entrances. This is easier said than done in a basement full of appliances. But to the extent you can, caulk and seal around windows and doors to minimize entry points. Not only is this good for keeping out crickets and other critters, but will also help your home be more energy efficient.

2) Use a Diatomaceous Earth product. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is is made from finely ground fossiles of prehistoric fresh water diatoms. It is a mechanical insect killer rather than chemical. Insects therefore cannot develop immunity to it, and it does not adversely affect the environment in the way chemicals would. It’s also non toxic to humans or pets.

A product like Concern Brand Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer gets ingested or touched by the crickets, and they just dry up and die within 48 hours. The product’s insect control capability is long lasting so long as the powder remains dry. Sprinkle it into cracks and crevices, behind appliances and cabinets, and in other places where crickets can hide.

3) Glue traps. You can set anything sticky, suck as sticky paper, along walls and corners where crickets hide. They step on it, get stuck, and you get rid of the material. The traps last one or two months. This would not be my preferred method, since you generate additional waste, but at least it’s pesticide-free.

Have other ideas on how to get rid of crickets in your basement without pesticides? Post them below!

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jensph August 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Were you successful using this methods?

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Joe Barrios August 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

Yes, especially just sealing the entrances….of which I found many when I started to look. Not only did it keep the crickets out, it improved my home’s energy efficiency too!

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gnp22 September 23, 2011 at 1:31 am

I found this article searching the Web on how to get rid of crickets–thanks; this seems like good advice. Lately, I’ve been seeing a mini-infestation of mainly camel crickets in my basement. Over the years, a few would come in here and there when it got cold, but I’ve never seen anything like what I’m seeing now. It is so annoying to turn on the light and see them on the wall, the floor, on the chair, wherever. I even see little baby ones! They have got to go!

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Joe Barrios September 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I wish you luck. :) For me the most effective method really has been weatherstripping every nook and cranny that I could possibly find. I was surprised at how many there were once I got to looking…but the cricket population declined almost entirely after I sealed everything up.

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Tracy October 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

i’m going to try diatomaceous earth- i just put it down, and actually threw some at a cricket just now when i went downstairs to get my laundry! ICK! i hope this works. i will get glue traps, too. we are renovating our basement, but it looks like a lot more sealing needs to be done. also, it’s too damp down there. we gotta get moving on this before we get a bigger problem!!! i’m glad i found this post, though, i don’t like to use chemicals at all in my house or outside, either! thanks.

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