Crickets

Identification

  • Colour Light yellow or tan to dark brown or black
  • Size From 12 mm to 25 mm long
  • Description Have prominent hind legs and long thread like antennae often greater than the length of their bodies. Female crickets have a long tube like ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen.
  • Notes Crickets can be loud, using different chirps for fighting, warnings, or attracting a mate.

General Facts

Why do I have crickets?

Some of the most common cricket species found in Canada include the camel cricket, the house cricket, and the northern field cricket. Nocturnal creatures, they seek a dark, moist place to rest and hide from predators during the day. This can include fields, trees, burrows, caves and even garbage dumps – or when the weather turns cold, garages, crawl spaces, basements, and sheds. They especially like to make their nests amid clutter and debris. Some crickets are attracted to light, but all are looking for food. Crickets mainly eat plants, plant debris, smaller insects, and other crickets. Once indoors, they also enjoy feeding on fabrics, houseplants, paper products, and remnants of human food.

How worried should I be about crickets?

A cricket infestation can cause damage to your home. Camel crickets will munch through paper, while field crickets and house crickets will ruin fabrics, including carpet, clothing, and upholstery. House crickets can breed indoors, so they can easily become a problem if not controlled quickly. Large numbers of crickets can easily destroy luxury materials like silk and wool. Outdoors, crickets often disrupt farms by eating the roots and shoots of newly planted crops. To end a cricket infestation in your home and business, you will need a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent crickets invading?

Seal cracks and crevices in walls and foundations, Seal cracks and crevices around door and window frames, Ensure door and window screens are in good condition and not torn, Clean up clutter and debris, Listen out for cricket chirps, Ventilate your crawl space, Reduce moisture sources around your home or facility

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