Pests Guide

Signs of the Pest


Crickets generally migrate into your garden in late summer, once weeds and wild plants start to dry off and die.

If they do this, they typically target your vegetables where the crickets may feed on tender shoots, young stems and leaves.


The classic chirping cricket sound will tell you they are around, and check for damage on plant to see if they are ruining your garden.


They rarely cause enough damage to be an actual problem, and even then, only for a short time.

Crickets also feed on other dead bugs in your garden, and may occasionally feed on fabric, which can be worrisome if you have outdoor patio furniture or crickets in the apartment.

Solutions to the Pest


If crickets are a problem on certain plants, spray them with a mix of one blended garlic bulb, 1 teaspoon of spicy pepper powder and 1 tablespoon of dish soap stirred into 1 quart of water.

When applied onto your garden plants, this spray's spiciness helps repel leaf-eating bugs.


Increase your chances of never having a cricket problem by modifying your garden to make it inhospitable to crickets.

Eliminate weeds and tall grasses, which are common cricket attractants.

Remove any debris, such as piles of leaves or stacks of firewood.