We’ve all heard them. Most of us have seen them. But only a few of us know there is big business in them. And I’m talking BIG business, if you are into that sort of thing, and if you have a lot of time on your hands, the patience of a saint, and a crap ton of nets.
So, without keeping you in further suspense, your next business venture just might involve those chirpy little jumpers that keep you up at night. That’s right, it’s the cricket, the house cricket in particular.
House crickets get their name from…wait for it…the fact that they take up residence in your house where they can survive indefinitely. So, to simplify, house crickets like to live in your house. I swear, sometimes the scientific measure the bug namers of the world take when naming bugs is truly mind boggling.
So, what exactly are house crickets? Crickets look similar to their grasshopper cousins but are yellowish brown with three dark bands on their heads. Their bodies are long with wings and antennas, they have six legs, and usually measure between ¾ of an inch and one inch. They are known for their loud chirping which is the result of male house crickets rubbing their front wings together trying to attract their house cricket lady friends in for some special one on one time. Oh la la!
Enough about cricket romance. Seriously, how do I come up with this stuff?
Back to the business at hand. How is there big business in crickets? Well, I am so glad you asked!
The house cricket is an edible insect. It is not only farmed for feeding pets, like spiders, reptiles, or whatever type of random animal you keep in a tank in your house, but it is also farmed for human consumption. It is said that house crickets have superior taste and texture over other types of crickets. In addition, they are nutritious, provide a complete protein, and can be fried, candied, or dry roasted. Sounds delicious, right? I’m going to pass, but you do you.
So, how does having a cricket infestation in your house equal making money? Embrace that infestation, let it multiply and start selling your crickets to pet stores, candy shops, and any other place that sells crickets for consumption. Sometimes you just have to be creative and think outside of the box.
How To Get Rid of Crickets:
But, if making money off crickets living in your home is not your jam – you could just get rid of them. Start with this:
- Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, and then vacuum some more. This is a great way to remove the ones you see and the eggs that you can’t see.
- Reduce or eliminate areas of moisture in and around your home.
- Keep your lawn, yard, plant beds, areas surrounding your house neat and tidy.
- Move wood piles away from your home.
- Seal or repair all cracks around doors, windows, in the foundation, or any other point of entry that just so happens to be cricket-sized.
- Protect your home against current and future house cricket infestations with the products offered at HowToPest.com Click HERE to check out all of our professional grade cricket eradicating products.
Not sure what is right for you and your house? Give us a call, drop us a line, fill out the comment form, hit us up, give us a shout, get in touch with us, give us a holler, reach out to us… Ok, I went a little crazy there. You get the jist.
Unless, of course, you decide to keep these little hoppers and make a meal out of them…