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Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  HPartin on 4/17/2011, 10:58 am

I have noticed that I have attracted a bunch of crickets by using cardboard as a weed barrier for 3 of my boxes. Should I be concerned or happy?

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Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  Old Hippie on 4/17/2011, 12:08 pm

I googled "crickets" and this is what I found on Wikipedia.

Crickets are omnivorous scavengers who feed on organic materials, as
well as decaying plant material, fungi, and some seedling plants.
Crickets eat their own dead when there are no other sources of food
available, and exhibit predatorial behaviour upon weakened, crippled
crickets.


So....I am thinking they may not be the best critters to have in your garden.

The cardboard works so well for me as a weed barrier. So far, I have not had any issues wtih bugs due to using cardboard. I don't have near the problems with bugs that a lot of you have but I think that is just because I live quite a bit further north. We don't have a lot of the bugs you find further south. While there are crickets here and pill bugs, etc. so far I haven't had any serious infestations of them. I use the cardboard because I have access to a constant supply at the store where I work and I compost it when it gets yucky. Since I am an old hippie, I am all about free and less work and recycling, etc. LOL! Someday when my garden is looking more the way I want it to be, I will have gravel or brick paths, but for now, I am making do.

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Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  fiddleman on 4/17/2011, 5:09 pm

I am quite a bit farther (further?) north than you, but I haven't had any problems with these either... I probably just jinxed myself though. I have always thought it was because of the number of predators of insects we try to attract or happen to love our yard... I counted fifteen garter snakes sunning themselves near the garden. The small ones will happily eat the bugs. Not to mention all the birds, toads, and other things which think the wee insects are delicious. More power to them.

I use cardboard staked to the aisles to make a quick drying clean and comfortable thing to weed, harvest, or just admire the garden plants on. Cheap and replaceable, I've yet to have too much trouble with bugs living under the cardboard, no weed can make it through unless I leave the box tops on. At the end of the year, I chop it up with the lawnmower after removing the stakes and into the compost pile it goes along with all the leaves.

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Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  shannon1 on 4/18/2011, 2:20 am

We have the devilish mole crickets here and they eat up the grass roots in people's yards so I'm guessing they would not be friends in the garden. Grass lawns are not my favorite any way as they consume so much water, there are better ground covers out there. If I was a home owner there would not be a blade in sight. I love you
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Re: Crickets: friend or foe?

Post  HPartin on 4/18/2011, 8:39 am

Oh dear. It looks like I need to keep a closer watch.

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