Pop quiz time. What looks as disgusting as a spider but can leap high into the air or right at your face? Roll the Jeopardy music. I’ll give you a moment to mull it over. Don’t know? If you live in New Jersey, you probably already nailed the answer. Cave crickets! They are nasty, nasty creatures that give spiders a run for their money in the “weird” category. Plus, they leap in the air. A single cave cricket can cause some to turn an entire room upside down. A cave cricket infestation, well, let’s put it this way, anyone who is currently living through a cricket infestation would probably choose to live through something Stephen King could think up instead.

When it starts to get cold out, insects start looking for a place to hide from the cold. Cave crickets are no exception. If you are currently looking at your wall and there are hundreds glued to it, or a pile squirming near your foundation, you know what I’m talking about.

Here is a quick list of preventative measures that will keep cave crickets and a whole host of other insects out of your home.

  • Make sure all your door and window screens are in good working order.
  • Check your weather stripping and door sweeps for damage or gaps.
  • Use a caulking gun to fill in rotten holes in your exterior walls or door frames.
  • Seal up gaps around fixtures, outlets, pipes, air conditioning units, etc.
  • Fill in cracks in your foundation.
  • Don’t leave doors open, especially garage doors.
  • Get a spray treatment on the perimeter around your foundation.
  • Get a spray treatment for your exterior walls.

If you do all of these, you will significantly reduce all pests that try to infiltrate your home. It is no fun having a weird creature jumping or crawling around your home. Get your walls and foundation sealed, and sleep easy. You’ll also be protecting your home from illness, bites and stings that insects can inflict. Don’t wait till the cave crickets are clinging to your walls and ceiling by the hundreds. By then they’ll be in your wall voids and attic spaces, and it will be much more costly to get rid of them. Being proactive with bugs and rodents will save you a ton in the long run.