Field Crickets

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • Fall



0.5 - 1 inch

Inch Long



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 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.

What are the signs of Field Crickets?

Field crickets are capable of making the distinctive “chirping” sounds that are recognized by most people. The sounds that males make are louder than the sounds that the females make. 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. Crickets come out to feed at night, but during the day they will hide in moist soil, under mulch, woodpiles, and rocks and other debris.

What Damage do Field Crickets cause?

Field crickets are generally considered to be nuisance pests and will damage personal items like clothing and furniture when they feed on them.

How do you prevent Field Crickets?

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.

How do I get rid of Field Crickets?

Field crickets have the ability to bite humans but it rarely happens.

Can Field Crickets hurt me?

Crickets not known to bite or carry diseases. Although they can bite humans, they rarely do. The most damage they cause is to items with fabric such as couches, curtains, and clothing.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

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.