FIELD CRICKET

Description: While there are many different species of of field crickets, they mostly range from 12.7mm to 28.5mm in length. Although a majority of these crickets are black in color, some species can be brown or straw-colored. They have large legs for their jumping abilities.

Habits: These outdoor crickets have a limited lifespan indoors; living from late summer and dying off before winter. Normally entering your home around late summer; these crickets have the ability to damage household items such as furniture, carpets and clothing items.

Treatment: Control starts at the removal of the crickets harborages. These areas include removing wood. stone, or rock piles around the property. Sealing crevices and utilizing different baits and pesticides help to prevent crickets from entering the home. Baits placed in high traffic areas and/or potential entry sites help to control the population from inside the home.

Fun Fact: While all crickets have wings and are unable to fly, male crickets are the only ones able to “sing” or chirp using their wings.

HOUSE CRICKET

Description: House crickets range from 19mm to 23mm in length. They are yellow to brown or straw colored with three distinctive dark brown to black bands across their head.

Habits: As the weather gets colder, these crickets move indoors to find moisture. They are known to damage clothing and fabrics by creating large holes compared to other household pests that may create small holes in different fabrics. They are active at night and are attracted to lights, during the day.

Treatment: Control starts at the removal of the crickets harborages. These areas include removing wood. stone, or rock piles around the property. Sealing crevices and utilizing different baits and pesticides help to prevent crickets from entering the home. Baits placed in high traffic areas and/or potential entry sites help to control the population from inside the home.