by Jason Johnson
Summer is officially over in Cape Town. While are still experiencing warm days, the nights have become longer and there is most certainly a nip in the air. Unfortunately, once the seasons change only the good parts end immediately. As for the lovely weather and cocktails on the beach… these activities are all a thing of the past now. The bad parts however, seem to linger a bit longer before the cold really gets here. I’m referring of course, to summer pests.
Mosquitoes are still around, my home is infested with ants and worst of all, I have an invisible cricket in my kitchen cupboard that I just can’t seem stop from making that terrible sound. In fact, the rest of Cape Town is experiencing a very similar problem at the moment. But instead of a single cricket keeping us up at night, crickets have appeared from seemingly nowhere in droves to infest and to deprive the Mother City of sleep.
Like tourists, these crickets are everywhere. They are in our pubs, bars, favourite restaurants and they are even worshiping alongside us in our churches and temples. It seems like these noisy menaces are everywhere. Worst of all, they are in our homes making it almost impossible for us to sleep.
It seems like there won’t be a reprieve for the citizens of Cape Town anytime soon. The rain with the warm weather means that the climate is perfect for crickets to hatch and thrive in. According to Mario Pluke, Rentokil’s Technical Products Manager, depending on the weather conditions, crickets will inhabit areas in masses every 5 to 6 years. Crickets can especially pose dangers to vegetation as they mainly feed on plants.
The infestation is compounded by the fact that a female cricket can lay from 150 up to 400 eggs at once. If nothing goes wrong, those eggs hatch. This effectively means that one female cricket is enough to infest your entire property. The good thing about female crickets though is that they are not the noisy ones. Those are the male crickets looking to attract a mate.
At least I know now that when I am inside my grocery cupboards with a torch trying to locate the awful sound, I can comfortably say that it’s a male that I’m after. It hurts to have to leave a mother of 400 hundred babies without their father, but this is the consequence of disturbing my sleep.
It is not only households that are suffering under the severe cricket infestation we are experiencing. Businesses such as restaurants and doctors offices have had to patiently explain to patrons that the sudden influx of crickets is not a result of unsanitary practices.
Unlike cockroaches, crickets are not necessarily the by-product of poor hygiene. They do however, pose a challenge for business owners as they are unsightly and customers generally consider any form of pest a health risk. See my last blog on how to prevent a cricket infestation.
I spoke to a dentist earlier who actually advised that a client refused treatment because of the amount of crickets on her property. It is not only the live crickets that are causing problems. During a plague like we are experiencing now, dead crickets can pile up and be difficult to get rid of.
While this is a terrible problem for the Average Joe, our superheroes at Rentokil have geared up to take on this nuisance and put them away once and for all. We at Rentokil don’t negotiate with pest terrorists at all. Crickets, you have terrorized our homes and our businesses for far too long.
It is time to put an end to the madness. Put your insect spray down dear sir/ madam, it won’t help in this case. It’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight. You need to get in the big guns, the real experts in Pest Control to rid us of these 6-legged gangsters.