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When it comes to crickets there’s one surprising fact most people don’t know: they’re bad for our health. Sure, they don’t normally bite, but crickets and their waste are known to spread severe illnesses, including salmonella and E.coli. In fact, it’s not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms or stomach pains after handling a cricket or ingesting food exposed to crickets or their feces. 

Unfortunately, the troubles don’t stop there. Crickets are also notorious for carrying worms and parasites, which can cause painful sores and blisters if you come into contact with them. And if crickets make their way inside, you can expect damage to your houseplants, clothing, bedding, furniture, and other fabrics. They’re not shy about feeding on your fruits, veggies, dry goods, or pet food either.

If you’re thinking about simply waiting out those annoying chirps—think again. The average lifespan of a cricket is roughly 90 days, which is a looooong time to have loud, germ-carrying bugs living inside your home. But we’re not going to let that happen to you. Here’s how to get rid of crickets in 3 simple, family-safe steps.

 
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Adopting a few preventative measures can make a world of difference when it comes to controlling and preventing annoying crickets.

  • Ensure your home is securely sealed by periodically checking both inside and outside your home for potential entry points like cracks, holes, damaged weather stripping, broken pipes or plumbing.
  • Limit cricket hiding spots by keeping up with lawn maintenance, including mowing, trimming, and weed-eating. Remove unnecessary clutter like lawn clippings, leaf piles, empty pots, unused equipment, and anything else that could collect rainwater.
  • Seal and regularly clean indoor and outdoor trash cans—crickets are attracted to the smell of garbage. 
  • Ensure wood piles and mulch mounds remain distanced from the home, 20 feet or more.
  • Keep your gutters free of debris to avoid excess moisture and breeding sites—clogged gutters attract many pests, including crickets. 
  • Periodically vacuum rugs and carpets to help remove cricket eggs. Seal and discard the contents in an outside trash can and promptly clean the vacuum bag and filter afterward. 
  • Traditional light bulbs are a major cricket attractant. Consider replacing outdoor lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), sodium vapor or halogen bulbs. As night falls, we also suggest closing blinds where indoors lights reach the outside. 
  • Avoid using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, which not only make your lawn less healthy and therefore more vulnerable to bugs like crickets, but also harm natural cricket predators like lizards and birds. 
 

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how to get rid of crickets: 3 simple steps, bait and trap them

You can make a natural cricket trap at home quickly and easily. Just place 3 spoonfuls of molasses in a shallow bowl and fill it about halfway full of water. The sweet smell of the molasses attracts the crickets to the bowl, where they eventually get trapped and drown. Next, simply place the bowl wherever you’re experiencing the most cricket traffic. Check the bowl each morning, and empty or replace as needed. 

Chemical-free sticky traps are another effective option. After picking up a pack online or at your local hardware store, place the traps in known trouble areas like bathrooms, basements, kitchens, etc. Check them daily and replace as needed. 

 
how to get rid of crickets: 3 simple steps, treat inside & outside

Because they often feed on dead or decaying bugs, basic pest control is essential to controlling crickets in addition to other harmful or damaging pests.

To kill common household bugs like fleas, ants, mites, and more, spray them directly with family-safe Cedarcide Original. To help prevent bugs from coming back, spray known trouble spots and entry points weekly or more as needed.

And don’t worry, unlike old school, chemical-based bug sprays, plant-based Cedarcide Original is family and pet-safe, and won’t fill your home with poisonous chemicals.

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For outdoors, treat your entire yard and all shrubbery with the Lawn & Garden Kit monthly to both kill and repel unwanted bugs. For warmer regions, this should be done every month unless the temperature drops below freezing for more than a few weeks. If you live in an area known for cold winters, start spraying monthly in late February and then taper off in November as winter sets in.

No downtime required! Because the Lawn & Garden Kit is non-toxic, you, your family and pets can safely enjoy your lawn immediately after application.

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Few bugs send a shiver down your back like a giant cockroach scuttling across your kitchen floor. And sure—they don’t bite or sting, but they’re really, really gross, infamous for spreading all sorts of germs and grime throughout our homes, right around our loved ones and pets. All of which is to say, if you have roaches, you need to get rid of them ASAP. Whether you’re currently struggling with roaches or just want to avoid them in the future, we have your back. 

Here’s how to prevent and get rid of roaches naturally in just 3 steps:

 
How to Get rid of roaches: 3 steps, prevent them

Preventing roaches can save you lots of time, money, and effort. Here’s how to do it:

  • Basic housekeeping and cleanliness is without question the most important element in roach control. The smallest amounts of food debris and drink spills can feed a roach population for weeks. Regularly dust, clean, and vacuum flooring, appliances, cabinetry, sinks, dishes, back splashes, moldings, trash cans and recycling bins, etc, paying special attention to kitchens, bathrooms, and food preparation areas. 
  • Trash cans are a buffet for roaches. To prevent and repel these pests, you’ll need to take out the trash often, daily if you’re already seeing roaches. Your trash cans and recycling bins should also remain firmly sealed when not in use.
  • Unsealed food is a welcome invitation for roaches. Whether it’s leftovers, dry cereal, pet food, or your kitchen’s fruit bowl, seal all food in hard plastic Tupperware containers. 
  • Before recycling bottles and cans, rinse them to remove any residual sugar to avoid attracting additional roaches.
  • Like most pests, roaches love clutter, using it to both breed and nest. Limiting all indoor and outdoor clutter will do wonders for helping prevent roaches, and is absolutely essential for controlling active roach problems. For outside, focus on wood piles, brush, yard clippings, moist mulch, and unused lawn equipment and furniture
  • Roaches can go weeks without food, but need water almost every day. In other words, the less excess moisture in your home, the better. Avoid letting water sources sit out for prolonged periods of time, this includes pet bowls, dirty dishes, potted plants, leaky plumbing, and appliance drip trays. With serious roach problems, you might need to towel-dry showers and sinks after each use.
  • If there are roaches in your area and your home offers easily accessible entry points, you’re almost surely going to get indoor roaches at some point. To avoid this fate, thoroughly check your home, both inside and outside, for potential entryways, such as cracks or holes in cabinets, weatherstripping, door & window seals, countertops, piping, walls, ceilings, attics, basements, crawl spaces, under sinks, floorboards, etc. For heavy roach problems, using stoppers to seal drains might also be necessary.
 
how to get rid of roaches: 3 steps, bait or trap them, naturally

Making an effective and natural roach trap at home takes almost time at all. Start by baiting the bottom of a bottle with an attractant like sugar or bread and then ensure it’s easy to enter the trap but difficult to escape. This can be achieved by lining the walls of the bottle with something slippery like petroleum jelly. Then, position these traps wherever you’re experiencing the worst roach issues and leave them overnight. Check each trap in the morning and empty and replace as needed. 

Natural DIY roach bait is another family-safe and effective approach. Fill shallow dishes with a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and sugar and place them near known trouble areas like countertops, flooring, or trash cans. Continue this method until your roach issue improves. 

 
how to get rid of roaches: 3 steps, treat inside & outside

Bugs tend to lead to more bugs and this is particularly true of roaches, which frequently feed on dead, decaying organic matter, including other pests. To kill common household bugs like fleas, ants, mites, and more, spray them directly with family-safe Cedarcide Original. To help prevent bugs from coming back, spray known trouble spots and entry points weekly or more as needed.

And don’t worry, unlike old school, chemical-based bug sprays, plant-based Cedarcide Original is family and pet-safe, and won’t fill your home with poisonous chemicals.

For outdoors, spray your entire lawn and all shrubbery with PCO Choice monthly to both kill and repel unwanted bugs. For warmer regions, this should be done every month unless the temperature drops below freezing for more than a few weeks. If you live in an area known for cold winters, start spraying monthly in late February and then taper off in November as winter sets in.

For additional pest prevention, spread Cedar Granules throughout your yard, especially along your home’s foundation and those areas with the most bug traffic.

No downtime required! Because PCO Choice is non-toxic, you, your family and pets can safely enjoy your lawn immediately after application.

 
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Blog - Cutest Puppy Names

Your puppy needs a cute name to match their equally cute appearance. Whether your dog is a small cute breed such as a Pomeranian, or a larger but equally cute fluffy dog such as Bernese Mountain dog, we’ve rounded up some of the best names out there for you to take your pick from. 

Choosing a name for your puppy is one of the first puppy-parent choices you’ll make, so make sure you pick wisely. 

Try to choose a name which suits their appearance and personality, but also keep it short enough so that you can call their name across the dog park with ease. 

Here are forty of the cutest puppy names out there. 

Top Twenty Cute Female Puppy Names

  • Amber – Name your beautiful girl after a jewel, even better if she is the same color,  a warm honey shade. 
  • Angel – Originating from the Greek word ‘angelos’ meaning messenger. 
  • Annie – A beautiful woman’s name of English origin, meaning grace. 
  • Bella – Relating to the French, Italian, and Spanish words for “beautiful.” Perhaps you’d prefer Isabella or Belle?
  • Chloe – Derived from the Greek Goddess Demeter, Chloe means blooming or fertility. 
  • Daisy – A pretty name after a white flower. This could be perfect for a cute white dog. 
  • Ellie – A shortened version of Ellen or Eleanor, this name is of Hebrew origin, “el” meaning god and “or” meaning light. 
  • Flower – Why not name your puppy after one of nature’s most beautiful creations: flowers
  • Ivy – A really simple and charming name for a female puppy. The Ancient Greeks such to give newlyweds an ivy wreath to symbolize faithfulness – perfect for a faithful pup. 
  • Kiki – This is a really cute name meaning new beginnings. It has French, Japanese, Spanish, and German roots. 
  • Lola – Short for the Spanish name “Dolores,” which means “sorrows.” Lola is also short for the German name “Aloisia.”
  • Mia – A shortened version of the name “Maria,” which has Latin origins meaning “mine” or “wished for child.”
  • Minnie – Name your cute black and white pooch after the lovable Minnie Mouse, Mickey’s adorable sweetheart. 
  • Molly – An Irish name meaning star of the sea. This would be a great name for a dog who loves to be in the water. 
  • Nala – After Disney’s “Lion King” main female character. This name has multiple origins, African, Latin and Sanskrit. 
  • Poppy – If you have a cute dog with red fur, this name would be the perfect match. Its Latin meaning is “red flower.” 
  • Princess – A very sweet female name. If you want your pooch to be a pampered princess, this is the perfect name. 
  • Rosie – This lovely name is of English origin meaning “Rose.” If you prefer the original name, why not name them after the beautiful flower? 
  • Sugar – Is there possibly a sweeter name than “Sugar?” 
  • Willow – Willow trees have a graceful appearance, which is why it’s a perfect name for a graceful dog. 

Top Twenty Cute Male Puppy Names

  • Alfie – A really sweet boy’s name meaning “wise counselor.” 
  • Bear – This boy’s name is of English origin and would be a cute name for a large teddy bear type dog. 
  • Benji – Hebrew origin meaning “son of the right hand,” or “son of the south.”
  • Charlie – This is an English boy’s name meaning “free man.”
  • Chocolate – A cute name for a chocolate-colored dog such as a Lab. 
  • Frankie – Short for Francis which was derived from the Latin word “Franciscus,” meaning “French,”  this would make a great name for a French dog breed. 
  • Harry – This name is the medieval form of Henry, derived from the German world “heim,” meaning “home.”
  • Henry – Perhaps you prefer Henry to Harry? This is an equally cute name for your sweet boy.
  • Leo – Does your dog look like a lion? If so, Leo would make a perfect match for them as it is Latin for “lion.” 
  • Louie – Does your pup have a spot of regal blood in them? If so, choose the name Louie – 18 French kings have had this name in the past as well as numerous saints. 
  • Lucky – Meaning fortunate. Name your pup after one of the cute puppies from 101 Dalmatians.
  • Oliver – From Latin origin, meaning “olive tree,” you could shorten it to Olly, which is equally cute. 
  • Monty – A shortened version of the name Montgomery, which means “hill of the powerful one.” 
  • Peanut – This is a really cute name for a small pet dog. 
  • Rex – The Latin meaning of Rex is “King.” Ss your dog fit for a King’s name?
  • Romeo – Does your puppy have a romantic streak in them? If they’re always giving you cuddles and kisses why not name them Romeo?
  • Sammy – A cuter version of the name Samuel which is of Hebrew origin meaning “God heard.” 
  • Simba – A boy’s name which is of Swahili origin meaning “lion,” also the name of the cute but fierce star of “The Lion King.” 
  • Teddy – There are plenty of teddy bear dog breeds which you could give the name Teddy to. 
  • Ziggy – This cute name would be a perfect match for any cute dog. 

We hope you’ve managed to find the perfect cute name for your new puppy somewhere in this list!

Author: John Woods www.allthingsdogs.com