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Crickets

Acheta domesticus

Actual Size: 16 – 21mm

Characteristics: Gray or brown, with segmented bodies and antennae. Known for their distinct chirping sound.

Behavior:

  • Crickets are Scavenger / Predators, enjoying a wide range of acceptable food sources. They will resort to cannibalism if necessary.
  • Their distinctive chirp is made by their wings.
  • Juvenile crickets are wingless.
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Pest Description

Cricket Behavior

Crickets are omnivorous, and will take advantage of almost any plant or animal protein available. Any area, outdoor or indoor, that provides food will find a willing cricket soon enough. Crickets resemble grasshoppers, but the chirp of a cricket is higher in pitch.

Problems Caused by Crickets

Crickets do not bite, are not poisonous, and do not carry diseases, but their chirp is what makes them such a unique pest. Even one cricket can disturb the silence and peace of a building, but an infestation can destroy that peace entirely. Females can lay up to 200 eggs at a time. If left untreated, cricket infestations can grow quickly.

Preventing Crickets

If crickets are able to identify food sources and/or potential mating partners in close proximity to a building, preventing crickets becomes more difficult. The best way to stop crickets from disturbing a building is to remove all potential food sources, maintain cleanliness, and remove any existing crickets.

Eliminating and Controlling Crickets

Crickets may establish their nests in hard to reach areas of a house or dwelling. The best way to eliminate crickets and prevent future problems is through professional help. At Pest Control Inc, our pest control professionals resolve cricket infestations using a variety of different treatment techniques, using our knowledge of crickets and their behavior.