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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

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By Sonya McDaniel
Sept. 13, 2013 12:01 a.m.

It is not your imagination! There really are crickets everywhere, along with many other insects – grasshoppers, beetles, etc. They can be annoying to homeowners and a mess to clean up.
Most of the crickets we are seeing now are field crickets (Gryllus assimilis). Late summer is mating time for crickets, so that can explain their congregating. As to why there are so many, we had a mild winter which did not kill any eggs. We also had a relatively mild, wet summer which provided plant growth. The plant growth gives them great hiding places and as the plants die, a great food source.
To keep insects from coming into the house there are a few things you can do. If there are any large cracks around the base of the home, these should be sealed. Install a lower door seal if your door has a gap at the bottom. In addition, you can apply a perimeter treatment of an insecticide, such as a permethrin. For the outside of the home, use an insecticide that is labeled for outdoor home insect control or indoor/outdoor. Whether you are using a pre-diluted product or a concentrate, be sure to follow the label instructions.
This article was contributed to by OSU Horticulture Extension Educator, George Driever.

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