House Crickets

Acheta Domesticus
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What do house crickets look like?

house cricket in phoenix arizona

Yellowish-brown to tan in color, house crickets are typically less than an inch long, have threadlike antennae, long wings that lie flat on their backs, and long back legs. 

Habits of house crickets

  • Diet: Omnivores. Prefer fruits, dough products, insects, and meats.
  • Activity: Nocturnal
  • Preferred Climate: Warmer climates
  • Defense: Calling sounds
  • Cautions: Will damage fabric or paper. Will migrate in large numbers.
  • Home Invasion: They like warm places so may migrate inside when the weather is getting colder. Often they are found in wall voids, behind baseboards, under pots, near trash cans, wood piles, near fireplaces, garbage dumpsters, and other places where warmth is available.

Are house crickets dangerous?

House crickets are not a threat to human health but their chirping sounds can be annoying to some. These crickets do have a tendency to migrate in large numbers and are capable of damaging fabric and paper goods.

Helpful hints for house crickets

To keep house crickets out of your structure, we suggest the following prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks and crevices that crickets can pass through
  • Regularly remove your trash
  • Minimize lighting at night or try swapping bulbs out for yellow lights
  • Hire a pest control company to keep all pests levels low that may attract crickets to the area 

Interesting facts about house crickets

In 1939, a documented swarm of house crickets in India was as large as 220 yards long and 100 yards wide (that's the size of a football field!). 

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