Biology & Reproduction
The name House Cricket comes from them commonly entering a home where they can survive indefinitely. They’ll live outdoors, mostly in garbage dumps, if the weather is warm. When the weather starts to get colder is when they’ll start infesting homes and sheds. They’re especially annoying because they’re active mainly at night and make their presence known by through chirping noises. Their chirping is used to attract females. If eggs are laid outdoors they’ll hatch in late spring and adults will emerge in the summer, with an average of 728 laid eggs. If indoors, they’ll lay about 104 eggs in cracks and crevices.
House crickets usually come indoors for warmth and moisture. They’re attracted to bright lights and will be found in large numbers surrounding them. They’ll feed primarily on plants and dead or living insects, including other crickets. Inside, they’ll feed on different fabrics including wool, cotton, silk, and synthetics. Unlike other fabric pests, these crickets will eat large portions of the fabrics. This can cause a lot of damage to clothing and even carpets.
Cricket control starts outdoors by eliminating moisture. Mowing the lawn, weeding plant beds, and removing woodpiles from the sides of the house will help deter them. Changing outdoor lights to a low light will help. Seal points of entry such as around window frames, doors, screen windows, and any other holes. Of course, these things will only aid in prevention. A full-blown infestation will require the work of a professional. Give our office staff a call and arrange an appointment for cricket treatment.