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Where's the knobs, switches, or code to transmit to get a black cricket hiding in somewhere to SHUT up so you can sleep? In the house they are an annoying 110 decibels or so. I am almost tempted to keep a tarantula again to go hunt them for me. (I had one in college-cheaper than a Doberman for safety)

If I get a jar, catch about 30,  put fine steel mesh over the lid so they can't get out, and give them an apple slice to keep them alive for a bit... and stick them under the bed, maybe they would give my spouse a clue about closing things to keep them out of the house? Tempted.

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Deb, be glad you don't have tinnitus...I've had ringing in my ears since the eighties that sounds just like crickets sometimes...other times spring peepers.  I only notice when it is really quiet and try to think of it as 'white noise'.
 
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they work like an alarm clock.  They don't stop making that noise til you hit them pretty hard.  I had one in under my couch last week.  Thankfully I hadn't cleaned the dust bunnies out of there in quite some time, so it was trapped and pretty easy to catch an release back into the wild.  I mean, my porch... where my dog attacked and ate it.  That dog loves eating bugs. Though I like the idea of a tarantula or maybe a small lizard of some sort.  Anoles, geckos, komodo dragon.  Something like that. 
 
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Judith, I have tintinnitus and the noise has been there since I was really small. I hear 60 cycle hum. The noise of a turned on CRT or tube tv set. Old computer monitor noise. It can turn into a sort of roar if for example my fever goes to 104. Then about all I could hear is if you filled a metal garbage can half full of rocks and glass bottles, put the lid on and kicked it down a flight of metal emergency stairs in a cinderblock stairwell. I would hear the impacts maybe as it bounced down. I feel for you. My spouse hears something different. I've tried everything including much ginko biloba leaf tea. No help.

The cricket is just massively ANNOYING at that volume. Dale, Komodo Dragon sounds good. Sign me up for your rentadragon. Otherwise I want to rent Wexler the T-rex from Axe Cop.
 
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I've tried everything including much ginko biloba leaf tea. No help.



I have tried ginko also (and large amounts of B vits) ....it helps for other things so I keep taking it.  The one thing that works is a hearing aide.  I had one for ten years (and still really need them in both ears) until we dumped our canoe in a flood and drying out the hearing aide was not my priority.  It does somehow mask the 'roar' of tinnitus.  Would probably only increase the sounds of real crickets though.
 
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Well I fought the battle for four nights then tried the half a 2 liter soda bottle with molasses water in it and that drew it out. And five buddies. NO WONDER I couldn't get the exact spot. I've offered to bread and deep fat fry them for my hubby for extra protein so he's gotten the idea about shut doors! I offered to look up the KFC secret recipe knockoff for extra crispy and do them with homemade ranch dressing.  Oh well.
 
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Had a cricket last night and after about 10 minutes the cats got him. They leave the legs scattered about as a warning to other crickets.

OTOH, I’ve had high frequency sounds in my ears as long as I can remember. Usually just a low hum that occasionally gets louder when in the presence of certain electronic devices. We had a cheap tuner someone gave us that was loud enough to keep me awake if turned on. I can usually predict when an aircraft is approaching a bit before they go overhead by their avionics. This oddity was quantified when I went through my induction physical (twice) when they put us potential inductees in a raised booth containing cubicles w/ nothing but a chair, headphones and a simple dial. We were to twist the dial L or R in response to a tone in either ear. The tone would decrease in volume while also becoming higher in frequency. Eventually all of the other recruits had failed to detect the tone and moved on but I remained, detecting ever more subtle tones that became increasingly difficult to detect. Eventually I sat for a few minutes that seemed far longer (I was in my underwear after all) w/ no tone. I strained to detect any tone in relative silence of the headphones when I heard something that seemed no louder than a mosquito fart and not sure, I twisted the dial and heard through the headphones a curse from outside the booth. I was then told to move onto the next test.
 
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Yes James, I detect things outside normal range by harmonics set up with the sound in my ears. I know of what you speak. I can't stand those ultrasonic vermin chasers especially up close.

No two tinntinitus 'sufferers' hear exactly the same thing or the same way. My husband has it also, he hears different things and his reacts and interacts with noises around him differently than mine does.

The cricket trap was part a 2 liter soda bottle top from bottom  about halfways down. Fill with a ratio of 1 part molasses to 9 parts water. Fill bottle bottom about halfways full and set out where it can't get tipped over or pet drunk-out-of and leave it alone for a few hours. They can definitely jump in. Then they drown.
 
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