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Cricket problem

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Tom-DE, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I have seen few crickets in my growing area lately. Would anyone here please tell me how to get rid of them before they do more damages to my plants? Thanks:)
     
  2. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    squish them. That works every time.
     
  3. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Would you please come here to catch them for me?:D
     
  4. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    It would be easier to answer your question if you had something listed on This guy Bri's mode of action post. Don't you have caterpillars or something? I could tell you how to kill those. Crickets... not so much.
     
  5. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    They flew away:D

    Serious though, would some kind of electronic device keep the crikets from coming in?
     
  6. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    how about letting an iguana (or some type of lizrd that feeds on crickets) loose in your growing area ;)
     
  7. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    I've never heard of anything that deters crickets. Of course, when one gets in my house, the cat usually takes care of it.
    I am not recommending turning a cat loose in your growing area, though. That could be catastrophic.

    CATastrophic.

    I crack myself up.
     
  8. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Source: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2066.html
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    Well yeah, there's always that stuff.....
     
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    You know what, that might be a good idea...Anoles are like $4 a piece at pet stores, buy like a half dozen of them and let 'em go (you have a greenhouse right?) They'll take care of the bugs and you'll all benefit from it.
     
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    My plants always do better when I have little lezzards all over em to sun themselves. Tree frogs are good too. All I have right now are a bunch of geckos that hang upsidedown all over the carport and back porch ceiling at night. I love their little chirps, its adorable. Pretty soon it will be too cold for them to come out at night. Sniff.
     
  12. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you all for the ideas.

    Jon, thank you very much for the link. I will check into the options and see which insecticide is safer for indoor use.
     
  13. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Tom, Terro makes a spray and a powder (water resistant) that I've been using for ants that works really well. Look for the orange label, found at most hardware stores and big box stores here in California. It is recommended for outdoor and indoor use and works for several months. It says it works on crickets. You could spray or sprinkle where you think they are getting in (or along the foundation or at the base of plant stands). These are the same people who make the Borax ant traps, but these are much more effective and low toxicity compared to the heavy artillery that I use for things like mealybug or scale. Good luck.
     
  14. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    I'd love to have some lizards in my g.h. but then I wouldn't be able to spray any toxic chemicals. And boy, do I love to do that. I was very sad and rather grossed out the other day. One of my big fans in the g.h. died, so I had to lug it down and replace it. I saw there was a frog mummy in the fan cage. The way he was positioned was hanging on to the bars as if to say, "Help, I can't get out!". Poor thing.

    I have no problems with crickets, but I'm dealing with ants and rats right now. Oh and am having my buds nibbled by snails left and right. It's always something.
     
  15. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Marni, thank you for the great suggestion.

    Candace, rats can do a lot of damage to the plants. Good luck.
     
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    Wheres that kid Spanky and his hammer? You know, the chubby kid from the Little Rascals.
     
  17. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Stop picking on the fat kid, Dawno.

    Hey, it is good to see you come out and play with us again.
     
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    Thanks Tom. Good to be here and playing.

    I aint picking on the calorically challenged youngster, just having a childhood flashback. I loved the little rascals.
     
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    You could use Demon (a.i. Cypermethrin ) This can be bought at Ace hardware etc. It comes in water soluble packets and you use 1-2 packets per gallon. You wouldn't spray it on the plants but as a barrier spray around your growing area. Note there are also generic versions around so read the label for the active ingredients. HTH