Cricket Identification & Prevention

What are crickets?

Crickets are a type of insect closely related to grasshoppers and katydids. You can identify them by their long antennae and their large, powerful hind legs that they use for jumping. Crickets are omnivores that feed on a variety of plant materials and other insects during the overnight hours when these insects are most active.

crickets crawling inside of a home in st george utah

Some of the most common crickets to invade properties in our area include the following:

Camel crickets
These crickets are dark to light brown with darker mottled areas. They lack wings and their bodies have a humpbacked appearance.

Ground crickets
Ground crickets are a small species of crickets. Adults are dark brownish-red. They have wings and bristle-covered thoraxes.

Field crickets
Field crickets are black with large heads and antennae that is longer than their bodies. Males rub their wings together to create a distinctive chirping sound that attracts females.

House crickets
Adults are yellowish-brown with three dark bands across their heads and thread-like antennae. Like field crickets, house crickets create a distinctive chirping sound.

Jerusalem crickets
This large species of crickets has a defined head, powerful mandibles, and big, black eyes, but they lack wings. Jerusalem crickets make a unique scratching or hissing sound.

Tree crickets
Tree crickets have slender bodies that are white to light green in color with wings and long antennae. Males produce a high pitched noise or "song" to attract females.

Are crickets dangerous?

Crickets  a variety of diseases to people, but none are significant. Crickets will bite people as a means of defense, but they are not aggressive. Furthermore, they do not carry and transmit diseases that are harmful to humans. The biggest concern with these insects living in your home or business is that they chew on and damage houseplants and other objects like upholstered furniture, rugs, wallpaper, curtains, and clothing.

Why do I have a cricket problem?

Crickets live outside in areas that are close to homes and other buildings. While searching for food or when the weather becomes too harsh, they find their way in through spaces in the foundation, exterior walls, and under doors. Crickets are challenging to find and eliminate because they are nocturnal and hide in dark, hard-to-reach areas.

Where will I find crickets?

Crickets live in a variety of outdoor environments, depending on their species. Camel crickets live outside in caves and other damp, dark areas. Ground crickets are attracted to lights and gather outside on the ground under street lights and exterior lights found on homes and other buildings. Tree crickets inhabit trees, shrubs, ornamental plants, and high weeds. Jerusalem crickets live in and around gardens and flower beds. Field crickets, as their name suggests, live outside in fields and tall grasses. House crickets are common invaders of homes and can live inside for long periods. Indoors, crickets take up residence in dark, damp areas that mimic their outdoor living conditions. They inhabit basements, closets, crawlspaces, laundry rooms, and areas under sinks.

How do I get rid of crickets?

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How can I prevent crickets in the future?

In addition to our professional services, the following tips will help to keep crickets off your property:

  • Keep storage areas free of clutter and organized to give crickets fewer hiding spots.

  • Remove excess piles of wood, grass, and leaves from your property.

  • Get rid of fallen trees, tree stumps, and excess piles of debris.

  • Keep the grass on your property cut short.

  • Properly ventilate crawlspaces.

  • Dry out basements by using dehumidifiers.

  • Maintain garden areas and prevent plants from overgrowing.

  • Put door sweeps on exterior doors, especially basement doors.

  • Inspect plants and outdoor furniture for crickets before bringing them inside.

  • Eliminate entry points into your home or business by sealing cracks in the foundation and exterior walls.

 

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