What do field crickets look like?
Field crickets grow to be ½ to 1 inch in length and are black and brown. They have large heads and antennae that are longer than their body. They have large powerful hind legs that they use for jumping and large hind wings; it is species dependent whether they can fly or not.
Field cricket behaviors
Field crickets are capable of making the distinctive “chirping” sounds that are recognized by most people. The “chirping” sound is made by the field cricket moving its left forewing across a row of “teeth-like” structures that are found on the underside of the right forewing. The sounds that males make are louder than the sounds that the females make.
Field crickets are omnivores that feed on a variety of foods including: organic plant matter, dried organic materials, fruits, seeds, and both live and dead insects. Crickets come out to feed at night, but during the day they will hide in moist soil, under mulch, wood piles, and rocks and other debris.
Field crickets may enter homes in the late fall and are usually found in damp basement areas and crawl spaces. Even though they usually cannot survive very long inside, they will find the time to feed on and damage items made from wool, cotton, silks, and leather.
Are field crickets dangerous?
Field crickets are not a dangerous pest to people. While they do have the potential and ability to bite a person, this rarely occurs. Field crickets are generally considered to be nuisance pests and will damage personal items when they feed on them.
Can Suburban help with a field cricket problem?
Yes, Suburban can help to control field crickets that have infested your home. Our home pest control program is a year-round service that targets common house-infesting pests including crickets. Schedule your free estimate or contact us to discuss your pest problem more in depth.
Field cricket prevention tips
To keep field crickets outside where they belong, we recommend the following prevention tips:
- Make sure that any organic debris like mulch, tall grass, and the like are moved away from your home’s foundation.
- Inspect the foundation of your home and seal any cracks and holes.
- Seal openings around areas where your utilities enter the structure.
- Reduce the moisture levels in basement areas and crawl spaces.