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Cricket Catastrophes: 3 Reasons Crickets Aren't As Harmless As They Seem

If you've ever had a cricket infestation in your house, then you've undoubtedly experienced the jumping insects' love for performing arts. Their seemingly endless songs, which they use to attract mates, are nearly impossible to ignore — especially when you're trying to concentrate or sleep. But crickets are much more than just a nuisance. Cricket invasions can turn catastrophic quickly. Here are three reasons why crickets are more harmful than they seem.

1. Crickets Interfere With Much-Needed Sleep

Quality sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, which is why a cricket chirping all night is actually detrimental to people's health. When people can't sleep well, their rest is diminished significantly. This increases their risk of developing a wide range of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

2. Crickets Attract Brown Recluse Spiders

While crickets are singing the night away, they're attracting more than just mates; they're also luring brown recluse spiders to the area.

The brown recluse, also known as the fiddleback spider, is one of the most deadly arachnids in America. Its venom causes massive lesions and ulcers that don't heal. These deep wounds are prone to infection and can be fatal if left untreated.

Making matters worse, brown recluse spiders lay up to 300 eggs at a time. As a result, they are capable of infesting a house quickly, making it even more difficult for homeowners to get quality sleep.

3. Crickets Attract Wolf Spiders

Brown recluses aren't the only spiders attracted to crickets. Wolf spiders also love to hunt and feed on the chirping insects. Wolf spiders are fast and aggressive. They're fierce hunters, and they rarely sit still for long.

When a female wolf spider has baby spiders, she carries them on her abdomen, spreading them everywhere she travels. If a cricket attracts a female wolf spider with baby spider on her abdomen, a spider infestation is likely.

Wolf spiders also have something in common with crickets — they both make loud sounds to attract mates. So if crickets attract a wolf spider to your home, be prepared for the wolf spider to then attract other wolf spiders to your home as well.

Crickets aren't as harmless as they seem. Their chirping interferes with sleep, and their presence attracts brown recluses and wolf spiders. The result is a seemingly harmless insect causing nightmare scenarios. If your home is infested with crickets, have your property sprayed by a pest control technician before the situation gets out of hand. 

For more information, contact a company like Eagle Pest Eliminators.