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Old 07-15-03, 06:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to get rid of Crix

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Lately in my apartment i have been finding a fairly large number of loose crickets. I was wondering what the safest way of killing these at once would be without harming any of my other reptiles. I currently don't have anything else that I need to feed crickets too, and would like to get rid of this problem asap.
any help is greatly appreciated
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A couple free roaming tokay geckos should eliminate the problem.
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Trust me...i'd love to do that. I've debating doing it....Only thing is that they would get into my neighbours apartment too....thats how the crix keep going there, my apartment is not well constructed and certain spots ain't fully sealed in the wall. In my bedroom I can pass my finger through the heater into my neighbours room
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Those sticky trap things work pretty well. No poison involved, the bugs simple get stuck.
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Yep, SC has the right idea. I use a product that goes by several names, but I refer to it as Tanglefoot. Its an organic gum adhesive used to stop larval stage insects from climbing your trees to pupate etc.

Just paint it onto a piece of paper or tape and place it in areas where the cricket traffic is high. It has no odor and the bugs are stopped dead in their tracks, so to speak. It even works well as a mite barrier if the need arises.

Check it out,
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do you know of where i can get this sticky tape sutff? Is it made specifically for that and therefor would be in the pest section of a store?
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The traps i was talking about can be bought at wal-mart.
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The traps Chuck described as well as Tanglefoot paste can be purchased at most hardware/garden center type stores. To spread the paste, I've found that a flux brush for soldering works well ($0.50ea at the same store).

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You could spray the point of entry once a month with provent-a-mite.
Since none of your herps eat crix you don't have to worry about poisoning them, just don't spray your reptiles with them.
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