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House Cricket

Acheta Domesticus (Linnaeus)

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    What are House Crickets?

    House and field crickets are ubiquitous in the outdoor areas around structures and are known for making a distinctive “chirping” sound by rubbing their wings together.

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    • Color: Yellowish brown with 3 dark brown or black 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 Crickets Look Like?

    Adult crickets are brown to black in color, with chewing mouthparts and antennae that are often as long or longer than their bodies. When disturbed they will jump short distances using their large, strong hind legs. Their wings are folded flat over their abdomen, and they have a round-shaped head.

    Signs of an Infestation

    Homeowners will often hear the crickets chirping without seeing the crickets themselves. They are drawn to warm, moist environments within structures like crawl spaces. 

    A Common House Cricket


    How To Get Rid Of House Crickets

    Removal of crickets and their eggs with a vacuum is an effective management method. 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. 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?

    As opportunistic scavengers, they can feed on a variety of things indoors. Basically anything that contains some protein and/or carbohydrates. However indoors, they usually expire due to a lack of moisture before they can cause any issues.

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    During warm weather, these crickets typically live in areas with high moisture that are rich in organic matter. They can be found in wood piles, underneath rocks and other objects, in gardens and in tall grass or other unkempt vegetation.


    Crickets don’t pose any health risks to humans, but they can be a significant annoyance due to their jumping and chirping behavior. PMi’s certified pest control specialists can provide targeted treatment options for crickets, and recommendations for reduction and prevention of cricket activity in and around your home.



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