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Repelling crickets involves spreading out strong-smelling spices, such as garlic, pepper, cayenne or cinnamon, and planting fragrant herbs that naturally repel all insects. Keep crickets away from the house with information from a sustainable gardener in... View Video Transcript
Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to repel crickets. So crickets are found all over the world and they make a really loud noise at night. When I was an exchange student in Japan I couldn't sleep at night because they were so loud. So if you live in a warm climate, you're probably going to have crickets and they love moist areas and they make noise at night, they're nocturnal. Crickets are really loud and they're nocturnal so they're really, really make all the noise that they can at night. So there's only a few things that you can do to repel them. And if there's a certain area near your bedroom or an area where they're really, really loud, the easiest way to repel them is to put some spice out there that they don't like. I have found too by sprinkling some cinnamon or Tabasco powder or curry powder or cayenne powder in the area where you're finding the most crickets and where they're the loudest, a lot of times they'll leave that area. It doesn't last for a long time, they eventually do come back and the rain will wash it away, but a lot of times it will work for weeks and then it won't be the problem that it was in the past. Garlic works, pepper works, any type of cayenne pepper as we said. Any type of strong spice in that area will repel the crickets. So if they're in your house or near your house or they're in your garden, use any kind of powder too and salt works, cayenne pepper works, any type of foliage that they don't like. Grow some lavender in the area, they don't like the fragrance of lavender, it deters them. And you'll find that the crickets won't be the problem that they were in the past. And when I lived in Japan, I realized after about a week, I got used to the noise and I could sleep through it and I realized that crickets are not the enemy, they are really our friends.