Every summer we enjoy the return of birds singing, campfires crackling and crickets chirping. While crickets play an important role in our lawn ecosystem, they can become a real pest in our homes. Although crickets aren’t dangerous to people or pets, they can cause damage to household items and be a nuisance due to their chirps. Luckily, they are easy to identify and easy to control by using the Sunday Integrated Pest Management approach.
Known for their chirping, these long-legged insects are found coast to coast during the spring, summer and fall seasons (they love the 80-85° F range). Their famous chirps are actually made by male crickets rubbing their wings together to attract females.
Despite there being over 100 species of crickets in the United States, only a few are common pests in and around buildings. The most notorious are the house cricket (Acheta spp.), field cricket (Gryllus spp.), and camel cricket (Diestrammena spp.). Like all species, these crickets are important members of our ecosystem, and only a pest when inside the home.
All adult crickets are about 1 inch long. Their bodies have three segments: a head, thorax and abdomen. Crickets have six legs and two antennae.
House crickets are the lightest in color. Their bodies are yellowish-brown and vary in length from 0.75 to 1 inch.
Field crickets are much darker in color with black bodies and long brown wings. They will vary in length from 0.5 to 1.25 inches.
Sunday Science Fun Fact: The song of the field cricket is temperature dependent. The tone and tempo drop with a drop in temperature. Count the number of chirps over 15 seconds, add 40, and you will have the approximate temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.
Camel crickets are the easiest to identify. They are unique because of their humpbacked appearance (hence their name), their long jumping legs, their lack of wings and their ability to jump sideways! Camel crickets range in color from light tan to brown with darker brown bands covering their bodies. They are usually 0.5 to 1.5 inches in length. People commonly mistake camel crickets for larger spiders.
House and field crickets are often confused with cockroaches. To tell them apart:
Camel crickets are commonly mistaken for larger spiders.
Crickets only become pests when they enter the home. Typically this happens by mistake or because they are looking for shelter during seasonal changes. Once inside, crickets will find a dark, warm place to live. In addition to their chirping keeping you up at night, house and field crickets may feed on fabrics including cotton, linen, wool, silk, and fur, but are most likely to feed on fabrics that are soiled with either food or perspiration. Unlike other crickets, camel crickets are considered a pest for their presence alone since they don’t typically damage household items or chirp.
Sunday ProTip: Think you might have a cricket pest? House and field crickets are chirpers but if their songs don’t give them away, another indication of their presence is finding chewed clothes, furniture or curtains.
Sunday utilizes an Integrative Pest Management approach to help you with crickets in your home. This approach relies on the prevention, management, and exclusion of pests and not immediate chemical treatment.
You can prevent crickets by:
If you require a little extra treatment, Sunday has a full line of easy to use, bio-based solutions to solve your cricket concerns.
Sunday’s Ant Adios can be used outdoors as a line of defense for perimeter protection to control house and field crickets.
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