What are House Crickets?
House crickets get their common name from the fact that they often enter houses where they can survive indefinitely. This cricket species was introduced from Europe and is now found throughout the United States but primarily east of the Rocky Mountains.
Interestingly, they are known for their loud chirping which is caused when males rub their front wings together to attract females.
- Color: Yellowish brown with 3 dark cross bands on head
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Long, winged
- Size: 3/4 – 7/8” (16-22 mm)
- Antennae: Yes
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What Do House Crickets Look Like?
Signs of an Infestation
House Crickets Prevention
How To Get Rid Of House Crickets
Removal of crickets and their eggs with a vacuum works well in getting rid of house crickets. The most effective way to get rid of crickets and prevent future infestations is to reduce areas of moisture in and around your home and within the crawl space. Mow the lawn, weed plant beds and move woodpiles away from the structure. Provide adequate ventilation in crawl spaces, basements, etc. Consider changing outdoor lighting to less-attractive yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps. It is also important to seal possible points of entry for house crickets around the house, including window and door frames and holes in masonry.
What Do House Crickets Eat?
Outside, house crickets feed on plants and dead or live insects, including other crickets. Indoors, they can feast on fabric, including clothing and carpet. Wool, cotton, silk and synthetic fabrics, as well as clothes soiled with perspiration, are especially attractive to house crickets.
House Crickets Education
During warm weather, house crickets typically live outdoors and are especially fond of garbage dumps. They are often attracted to electric lights in larger numbers, sometimes by the thousands, and rest on vertical surfaces such as light poles and house walls. However, when cold weather approaches, they seek shelter in houses and sheds because of the moisture and warmth they provide.
House crickets don’t post a health risk to humans, but can cause damage to property, specifically clothing, carpets and areas covered in fabric. Favorite fabrics include wool, cotton, silk and synthetics. As house crickets typically surface feed, they leave the area roughened from pulling the fibers loose while eating. In the case of a heavy infestation, large areas of fabric may be eaten out. PMi’s certified pest control specialists can help out with treatment and prevention of house crickets.