For the Love of Crickets

When most people hear the word cricket, they will typically think of the chirping sound crickets make that can keep some people awake all night long.  This sound, made by the males rubbing their wings together to attract females, is supposedly the cricket declaring its love to another cricket.  In fact, the Chinese and Japanese place crickets in beautiful ornate cages so they may liven the room with their cheerful chirping.

There are seven different types of crickets, with the house cricket and field cricket being the most common.  The house cricket is 3/4 to 1 inch long and light yellowish-brown, with three darker brown bands on the head and long thin antennae.  During warm weather the house cricket lives outdoors in piles of debris, rocks, lumber, etc.  They can also be found in garbage dumps during the winter, as well as in houses, sheds and other shelters.

Field crickets are brown to black and breed in fields and pasture lands, but can also lay eggs in mulched areas.  In commercial settings they can swarm in high numbers around the lights on buildings.  They even have the ability to swarm around lights on the top of high-rise structures, where they attempt to enter the building for refuge through cracks and gaps.  Once the crickets have gained access into a structure, they will feed on cricketsfabrics, garments and carpets. The attached picture is an image of a serious cricket swarm in Texas that our team members encountered on a service call.