Although this has nothing to do with growing a business, I have to share that a cricket has gotten the better of me. For the last 10 nights, it has loudly serenaded me from its secure location under the lining of our couch downstairs.
I usually work late at night in my upstairs office after my son goes to bed. I find it a bit difficult to concentrate with the raucous cricket music blasting up the stairs. Maybe this is just preparation for when Josh becomes a teenager.
I think my biggest problem is wounded pride. I am known in my household as the "cricket whisperer" since I have an uncanny knack for silently hunting them down, safely scooping them in a cup and freeing them outside. We have lots of crickets here in Phoenix, and they sneak in every time you open the front door.
Every time I have donned my warrior cap and stealthly gone after this cricket, it has evaded my capture.
So if anyone has any non-invasive cricket-capturing techniques, I would love to hear them.
You will be successful in love.
Confession time–I usually just smash them with a phone book or shoe or whatever is handy. I have a rotating overnight shift at work and believe me, at 3-4AM you just want to hunt down the cricket and silence it…
who’s the real sadist anyway? you or that cricket with it’s incessant chirping?!
I like Marilyn’s method too BTW-instead of rubbing alcohol, you might try Lysol or some sort of spray cleaner…
What if you poured a bit of rubbing alcohol down in the couch lining. The smell might make the little bugger flee and it wouldn’t leave any residue?
It’s what I use.
Get yourself a leopard gecko: they eat crickets! We have one as a pet.
Thanks Ross and Vladimir!
I would prefer to take the critter out alive and happy, so while glue traps are an excellent suggestion, I think I will go for the food in open area suggestion. I also have a 14-month old son who gets into everything, so you can only imagine what he would do with a glue trap.
Perhaps this cricket is just testing my ability to stay relaxed and focused in stressful conditions. 🙂
glue traps may be contrary to the author’s philosophy. Why don’t you find out what crickets eat and put some out in a semi-open area?
Glue traps work great. Place several in tight areas. Be careful not to fall on one though, lest you have to yank one off your calf or forearm.