So, I read about a bowls of molasses and water, and some sort of homemade fly-paper stuff. And lots of noise about crickets left to multiply, to eat one's house up! Then, the light bulb went off. I have CATS! They chase any moth or fly that comes along, and Angel loves to catch spiders (and eat the web...ugh). So, I waited until Angel and Chuck awoke from their naps to investigate.
Chuck did not acknowledge any problem. He heard the chirping but ignored it completely. Hmm, must be management material.
Angel knew something was not right from the get-go, like the good worker bee she is. She hunted and sniffed, and the cricket went silent when she finally found its location. She walked away, and the cricket chirped. She walked back again...silence. The cricket slid into the crack where she could not get at it.
However, Mr. Cricket decided that a cat locating his presence could quickly become lethal, and he began his move. He crawled along the edge, around a corner, and was within feet of the front door when Angel again found him, who pointed out the vile intruder's location to her humans, and without eating it first. Since it was out in the open now, and could no longer hide in the gap, I grabbing a clean kitty litter scoop and I slipped it under the monster. Managed to get it outside to freedom, without any human or cat or insect being injured in the process! Hurrah!
|Cricket inside, where it shouldn't be!|
|Close-up of vile intruder|
|Intruder near front door, ready to be|
1) Eaten by Angel
2) Saved by human
|Intruder cricket stunt double: cute elephant mini sculpture|
|Playing herself: Angel, my hero!|