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Insanely HUGE Cricket Problem - HELP!!!!!!(10 posts)

Insanely HUGE Cricket Problem - HELP!!!!!!Woof the dog
Jan 16, 2002 9:00 PM
Hi, in this room in the basement I got a light in form of a box with 2 horseshoe shaped (curved) halogen lights - them whitish tube-like bulbs that are curved...I think they are called halogen lights, well maybe not. These lightbulbs are like in a flat box attached to a ceiling with the transparent plastic dispersing the light, making it softer. There is a cricket that is stuck in there and wouldn't die even from the heat of the bulbs. It makes all the annoying sounds and all night it ran round and round the box looking for an exit. It is one of them disgusting jumping critters that live in the basements. I have no clue how it got into this lightbox (maybe the eggs were laid in the light box before it was hung up there, I can't imagine them crawling on the ceiling), but it needs to GO! It is driving me nuts. I thought about spraying something toxic in there to make it die...I actually looked at the boeshield T-9 spray can - I actually had some brains not to use it in there (i can lift up the transparent plastic up a bit to stuff something in) as it is highly flamable. See, the problem is that I hate insects generally. I know, I know, they are good sh!t for the environment, but most of them I'd rather not let get close to me. If I lift up the plastic cover, it will jump out right on me, I'll freak out, or it will jump somewhere where I won't track it down. I actually got some kind of rash spot when I caught one crawling right along my arm when I was sleeping - probably byatches like body heat aggggggghhhh!!! So, I am looking for something nonflamable that will kill the damn thing inside this box light and that won't stink up the room all that much - something to stick in there and let the insect DIE. I also need some stuff to spread around the room to get rid of these crickets, milipedes and spiders. How dare they come into my room!!!!!!! Please help Woof keep his hygene and good state of mental health.

Thanx a bunch.

Woof, the insect-hater dog.
17 year cicadas are due up again in 2007.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 17, 2002 9:10 AM
At least in these parts. When they were here last I wouldn't visit certain friends who lived in cicada-heavy parts of town. You couldn't walk a block without having a few big, lumbering, hard-shelled beasts fly into you or crawl up your legs.

I remember digging post-holes at my parent's house that spring and they were swarming out of it like maggots. This was a day or two before they appeared in force above ground. They had apparently just awoken and were crawling towards the surface (they spend their first week looking for a tree to crawl up, camping out on a limb and letting their wings soften). It was a very nasty job.

Here's hoping I get a great job in Kauai before 2007.

You do know that Hawaii has flying cockaroaches.MB1
Jan 17, 2002 4:46 PM
Kauai more than some of the Islands but still...
Easy fix: You need lizardscory
Jan 17, 2002 10:11 AM
They'll eat up the crickets. Then you get some good-sized snakes to eat the lizards, and then a mongoose to eat the snakes, and then you move.
Actually this is a benign problem (ONE cricket?!). They're considered good luck in China. Just be glad he's in there. He can't hurt much, least of all you. I realize there's no reasoning with a phobia (ask me about rats), but the thing's only as big as your fingernail and he can't bite or sting.
Bat around bug w/ paw, chew twice, spit out. Repeat as needed nmjs5280
Jan 17, 2002 1:15 PM
Woof dog is a pussy???!!! Wait till it dies, then use room. nmBrooks
Jan 17, 2002 2:10 PM
LOL, good one!!! UnfortunatelyWoof the dog
Jan 17, 2002 4:39 PM
waiting is not an option, that thing will never die. You would not believe how dry they are. You are right, I am a pussy...I should just go and get it out of there, but that will really really gross me out.

Sad that none of you here take it seriously.


Woof the dog.
I had a few "pet" crickets as a child.Ahimsa
Jan 17, 2002 8:07 PM
No big deal. Just never knew what to feed them so they had to be released shortly after capture. I'd keep 'em in a box for a day or two and then let 'em go. I liked the sound they make at night.

Just be a about it and take the light box thingy outside. Open it up and the critter will likely vacate on his own. No need to use nasty chemicals for this. Crickets are not considered pests as roaches are, so an invasion is rather unlikely.

Remember, Jimminy was a cricket! How would you feel if you unwittingly spritzed your conscience with Raid?


A. (non-dog)
IT DIED!!!!!!!Woof the dog
Jan 17, 2002 10:20 PM
KICKED THE BUCKET FINALLY. After all, the heat must have really got to it. Now it is lying motionless on the transparent part and I haven't gotten around to taking it out. Or maybe it is still alive, just byatchy sly!!!!!

Crickets to crickets, dust to dust

Woof the dog.
I win. Most insects don't have a long lifespan...Brooks
Jan 18, 2002 9:01 AM
Sorry about not taking it seriously, but it was only one bug and they won't harm you. An infestation of crickets can destroy crops, though.

Give it nice burial. ;-0