WHAT ARE CRICKETS:
Crickets belong to the family Gryllidae and are related to grasshoppers. Crickets vary in length from 3 to 50 mm. They have thin antennae, hind legs modified for jumping, three-jointed foot segments, and two slender abdominal sensory appendages (called cerci). The two forewings are stiff and leathery, and the two long, membranous hind wings are used in flying. Males are known for making a musical chirping sound. There is a direct relationship between the rate of cricket chirps and temperature, with the rate increasing with increasing temperature. Most female crickets insert eggs into soil or plant stems, sometimes causing serious plant damage.
HOW WE GET RID OF CRICKETS?
There is no single, perfect solution for the control of crickets. Often times a combination of techniques is most effective.
MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY CRICKETS:
While crickets may be considered a nuisance because of their “chirping,” none of them bites or carries diseases.
- Seal cracks and crevices
- Remove vegetation and debris as this is a perfect hiding or breeding place
- Make sure all doors and screens are tight-fitting.
- Keep all doors closed and keep lights off at night.
- Put pet food away
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WHY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM:
Field crickets are known to chew on cottons, silks, synthetic fabrics. Clothes with perspiration stains or food spills are particularly attractive to them. Cricket damage inside a home is not common, depends on how many crickets there are and how hungry they are. Outdoors, they damage young garden plants and flowers.