The perfect haven for crickets is in the basement. However, these crickets make noises that are difficult to ignore late at night. You used to try to capture then release them outside, but this is time-consuming, and somehow, they found a way back in. Hence, you decided to ask Google how to get rid of crickets in basement.
Up to a hundred results show up, but the thing about eliminating crickets is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it is better to carry out a series of methods to ensure that they are gone once and forever!
In all honesty, we made this guide after having to endure the crickets in our basement last month. We have gone through the hassle of trial and error, so you will not have to. Included are several methods outlined step-by-step for your reference. We will not hoard you at the introduction any longer. Read on!
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How to get rid of crickets in basement? – 7 Easy Ways
1. Water Cricket Trap
Making a water cricket trap is one of the simplest methods of getting rid of crickets in the basement. You can easily do this with common items around the house, including a jar, tap water, and several spoons of molasses. Follow these steps:
- Step 1: Prepare a glass jar with tap water
- Step 2: Add two or three teaspoons of molasses into the jar
- Step 3: Mix the solution thoroughly using a spoon or by shaking
- Step 4: Place the jar on the floor of your basement overnight
The molasses is a thickened sweetener that attracts crickets. So, you should be able to find fallen crickets in the solution the next morning. They will no longer be bugging you with their late-night chirping!
Do not forget to clean out and replace the jar right away once it is filled up. Otherwise, you will forget about it. Trust me; you do not want to be dealing with an unsightly mess of cricket corpses while clearing out your basement. Although we did not experience it first-hand, we heard a similar nasty story from our neighbor.
Out of all the methods in this guide, this is our favorite. We were able to fix the molasses and water solution in just four minutes, without having to buy anything as well.
Opt for this method if you want an inexpensive and convenient homemade approach to getting rid of crickets in the basement!
2. Sticky Paper Cricket Trap
You may already be aware of this method as it is also used for getting rid of mice and flies. For this, all you have to do is buy a set of sticky paper, which is an adhesive platform that snags crickets by binding their legs. We found that this method works even better in combination with cricket bait, which lures them effectively.
You can buy cricket bait online or at local gardening stores for an affordable price. The special benefit of this method is that you will be able to identify where the crickets are entering your basement. This is important if you want to find ways to eliminate them.
- Step 1: Purchase a package of sticky sheets and cricket bait
- Step 2: Lay the sticky sheets in dark areas of your basement
- Step 3: Arrange the cricket bait to lead up to the sticky sheets
- Step 4: Check the sticky sheets the next day and discard corpses
With just four steps and two key materials, you will not have to worry about crickets keeping you up at night anymore. This is a nice approach if you are willing to do a bit of shopping.
However, an issue that we found with this method is that it relies heavily on the specific performance of each sticky paper. Some brands are better than others, but it is difficult to know for sure if you are a first-time buyer. A few brands that we recommend are:
Crickets often come in from crevices and cracks on walls. So, one way is to stop them right at their entrance. Use caulking to seal up all your gaps and openings.
Caulk is one of the best materials for sealing joints and seams to impede leakages in rigid piping. Therefore, you can rest assured that it will also do a solid job of preventing crickets from breaking through. You will not have to constantly worry about crickets trespassing because caulk can last up to 6-7 years. Follow these three steps to enjoy a cricket-free basement!
- Step 1: Purchase caulk from a local hardware store or online
- Step 2: Identify crevices and cracks in your basement
- Step 3: Seal the crevices and cracks using the caulk
This caulking method is ideal since you have closed all the doors that allow the crickets to arrive. However, you must first remove any existing crickets. For that, consider the other methods in this guide.
4. Soapy Water Repellant
Spraying directly over the crickets with a homemade soapy water mixture is another option. All you need is soap, preferably liquid soap, tap water, and a bottle sprayer. These are often available around the house. If you do not have a bottle sprayer, you can get it at any supermarket or gardening store. Follow these steps:
- Step 1: Prepare a bottle sprayer
- Step 2: Fill the bottle sprayer with tap water
- Step 3: Add liquid soap into the bottle with tap water
- Step 4: Tighten the lid of the bottle sprayer
- Step 5: Shake the bottle sprayer thoroughly
- Note: Ensure that the solution is mixed/blended
- Step 6: Spray it directly over the crickets
The soapy water mixture is intended to create irritation for the skin of the crickets. As a result, it is a good way of shooting the crickets away. But, this method will not kill the crickets. Hence, if you do not want to kill them, the soapy water repellant is an excellent choice.
5. Bleaching Repellant
Bleach is notorious for its strong, unbearable smell. Our hatred for bleach’s smell is shared by crickets. Just like us, they cannot tolerate the smell. With this in mind, we can opt for a bleaching repellent to deter crickets.
Simply purchase bleaching powder online or at a local store. Using gloves, sprinkle the powder over wall crevices and cracks where the crickets often take as passage routes.
- Step 1: Purchase bleaching powder
- Step 2: Sprinkle it over cricket hotspots
- Step 3: Leave it to work its magic for roughly 1 hour
- Note: It will not work as well if you wipe it before an hour passes
- Step 4: Wet wipe the powder away after an hour
This is an affordable and effective way of getting rid of crickets in the basement. However, it may require several applications. It is also critical to remember to wet wipe the powder after an hour. Bleach residues can cause damage to your wall in the long run.
Cardboard boxes and storage containers are cricket hotspots. They provide an ideal setting, especially in the basement, for crickets to settle and thrive. Therefore, decluttering your basement to clean out as many of these boxes as possible is an ample method of getting rid of crickets.
Obviously, if there is no home for the crickets, they have no other choice but to move out. You can also use this as the motivation to finally clean your cluttered basement. Kill two birds with one stone!
This means topped most lists when we read about getting rid of crickets in the basement a month ago ourselves. Without a doubt, it is the simplest and quickest way to eliminate crickets.
We highly recommend this method if you already have a vacuum at home. It makes it convenient and solves the issue instantly. A hand-held vacuum is preferable since you can navigate to reach the crevices and cracks where crickets settle.
- Step 1: Prepare a vacuum
- Step 2: Locate where the crickets are clustering
- Step 3: Switch on the vacuum and suck the crickets inside
- Step 4: Remove the dust bag and dump/discard the crickets
This was the first approach we tried when we had to deal with the crickets in our basement last month. However, mid-way, the larger crickets clogged the intake port of our vacuum.
Ultimately, we spent even more time repairing our machine than on getting rid of the crickets! Later, we realized that this is most likely because our vacuum was not so high-quality. We asked around and found that our friend from the office, who used a premium vacuum, executed this well.
So, if you know that your vacuum is top-notch, go for this method. If not, it is safer to opt for other approaches in this guide.
By now, you should have seven different ways of how to get rid of crickets in basement. While they are still fresh in your mind, choose!
Carry out your cricket extermination, then return to share your experience with us in the comment section. We are always delighted to hear from our readers. Go on, get rid of those pesky crickets!