Crickets(Gryllidae)

You may know crickets as the noisemakers that keep you up at night, as well as the awkward sound that occurs when you make a bad joke and the room goes silent. But crickets are also a nuisance pest, and despite their small bodies and innocent noises, they can actually do a lot of damage to your home.

SCIENCE INFORMATION

  • Official Name: Gryllidae
  • Length: 1.5 to 2.5 cm
  • Color: Green, Tan, Brown, Reddish Brown
  • Poisonous: No
  • Cause of Distress: Property Damage, Noise

LIFE CYCLE OF CRICKETS

Crickets spawn in batches of up to 200 eggs. It takes only about 4 to 7 weeks for the crickets to become mature, and most crickets only live for about 2 to 3 months.

CRICKETS AS PESTS

Unlike other pests, crickets are not known for massive household invasions – although sometimes female crickets will lay eggs in your home. Rather, crickets are known for two irritating qualities:

  • Noise – Crickets make a loud, irritating noise, and when they are inside of your home it can keep you up at night.
  • Property Damage – Crickets are also notorious scavengers. They may feed on carpets, clothes, couches, and other property. That damage can be enough that it can cost a great deal to replace.

Crickets may not be as scary as bed bugs or as painful as bees, but they do represent a significant nuisance pest, and that is why prevention is the key to removal.

HOW TO PREVENT CRICKET INVASIONS

When your only issue is a single cricket, you can usually remove them with a vacuum. Find where the noise is coming from and you should be able to locate the cricket and remove it. Cricket prevention is key. In addition to traditional pest control measures, you should also try exclusion – the act of sealing up any entranceways that the crickets may take advantage of. Crickets commonly come through open doors, cracks, and holes in windows, so if these are sealed you’ll be more likely to be cricket free.