Fall is a time of year to enjoy pumpkin spice, raking leaves, cooler weather and spiders and crickets.
Spiders and crickets! No one enjoys those but they will make their appearance and can be a serious nuisance in your home. You need to be on the lookout for these pests as cold weather triggers their migration from outdoors to indoors.
You can stop them from invading your property by identifying them and then using home pest control to exterminate them.
First, there are two types of crickets in Central Maryland: camel and field.
Camel crickets are commonly known as “spider crickets” or “sprickets”. The reason they are called that is that they actually look like a spider/cricket hybrid-really ugly. These insects prefer dark, moist locations such as basements and closets. They also hide under leaves, logs, benches, and burrow their way into small cracks in walls and floors.
While these weird-looking creatures are harmless, they can be everywhere. Also, when they are feeling threatened, they will jump toward or on you. They do have one redeeming value: they eat other insects.
Keep in mind that these crickets climb through vents and into ceiling cracks. So, one way to prevent them is to repair cracks in foundations, stairwells, doors, windows and basements. If this fails, contact your local home pest control exterminator.
Field Crickets are the flatter, darker shorter crickets. They can jump very high and get into cabinets and pantries. However, they, like Camel Crickets, tend to hang out in basements, closets and other dark, moist places.
These crickets are harmless, also, but reproduce in large numbers. Field crickets can do great damage to clothing and furniture. They are quite destructive. The most annoying thing about them is their chirp. The males chirp loudly, often and, of course, during the night when you are trying to sleep.
Get a dehumidifier and place it in the basement or other dark places in your home where these crickets may live. This will reduce the moisture and drive the crickets out. You can also drown them in soapy water or simply vacuum them up!
There are many, many types of spiders in Central Maryland. We will cover just two types in this blog: Brown Recluse and Wolf Spider.
Brown Recluse (also known as “Violin” or “Fiddleback”)
This spider is not native to Maryland but we see them everywhere! The Brown Recluse is not one to be taken lightly. It is a light cream to dark brown color. They hide in dark or secluded areas such as basements and woodpiles. They typically eat cockroaches and crickets, dead or alive.
Their venom can have bad effects. A bite will become red and swollen with red rings around it. The bite eventually becomes a swollen, fluid-filled blister. It may take twelve months or longer for it to heal so if you suspect you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse, see a physician immediately.
Brown Recluses may live as long as four years. If you have found these pesky spiders in your home, shake out your shoes and bedding, seal cracks in your walls and always wear gloves when working in the woodpile or lumber. Or, you can call a home pest control exterminator to treat your home.
A more common spider found in Central Maryland homes is the Wolf Spider. These spiders are about two inches long. They are furry and have a dark cross pattern on their back. They can be found outdoors but when fall arrives and the weather gets colder, wolf spiders will enter your home and nest there.
They do bite but it is not venomous. However, if you have allergies you may want to see a physician. Preventative measures include removing trees and shrubs from being close to your home and sealing all holes and cracks in your home.
Home Pest Control
You can take preventative measures to stop your home invasion of spiders and crickets or you can call our experienced home pest control technicians to rid your home of these pests. Pest Shield, Inc., will send a consultant to your home. Call us at (301) 829-0060. Serving Mt. Airy, MD and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard.