I've had spider crickets all summer and still even now there are a few
of them in my basement (which is 33x70'x9' high). They are ugly little
There are windows I can open, what's a good way to fumigate the place?
Well I did this but be carefull as it can kill you , get a gopher
bomb,Giant Destroyer, sodium nitrate. Put it in a metal bucket and put
that bucket in a metal bucket of water. Light bomb and leave for 6 hrs
or more, when you come back open all windows quick, if you smell
anything leave and come back later. nothing will be alive even termites
in the floors. you say 9ft ceilings, ok because they burn hot like
I think it would depend on if you have pets, small children, and if you can
be away from the house for awhile, then air it out before returning.
I will spray outside and will do so only because I don't have pets/small
children. But I don't like to spray indoors. For indoors, I will use a fly
swatter, or if I have to, use what you can buy in the grocery store (Raid),
then I will spray and close off the room or leave the house.
Might want to get a pro if not sure. If do-it-yourself, read the labels.
"dean" wrote in message
Its in the basement, my kid is not allowed in there. And they are
spider crickets, not camel crickets, they are ugly little fuckers, they
give me the creeps (and generally nothing really gives me the creeps!)
:) I've had spider crickets all summer and still even now there are a few
:) of them in my basement (which is 33x70'x9' high). They are ugly little
Assuming you mean camel crickets...any basic fogger will do what you are
wanting to do, but they only area contact kill and the crickets are
probably coming into the basement from the crawl space area. With the
fogger, there will be no residual for any future invasions.(I.E. the
next day). If you use a fogger don't over do it, one fogger will treat
6000 cu feet or more. You might follow up with any general insecticide
that has a residual. As they crawl around they usually will follow a
baseboard, so treating well in the corners should help. I can't recall
if cricket baits work well on camel crickets or not, but air circulation
will help. They are breeding under the crawl space of the home, then
finding their way to the basement, so treating with bait and the air
circulation needs to be in the crawl area.
I suggest you call your local county extension office and see what they
recommend. It seems these critters are a common problem and there doesn't
seem to be much available to control them other than professional controls,
and they seem to require more than one visit.
I doubt if you could ever get zero. In most parts of the world there is
enough in the air to measure almost anytime and that little fact is often
used by scam fungus removers to scare people into buying their services.
Correction: _Reduce_ the humidity and their numbers will drop to zero.
I lowered my basement to ~55% relative humidity and all my pet camel
Zero humidity would be impossible to achieve or tolerate.
If you have a cat, let it into the basement. If you don't have a cat,
get one. I used to live in a basement apartment that had crickets, and
the only way I got rid of them was when I took in a stray cat that was
used to eating them. Now that I have a house I sometimes even heard
crickets inside for the cats amusement.
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