House Crickets

House crickets usually live outdoors but can just as well survive inside a home or other structure. They find their way in through small cracks and crevices.

House Cricket (Acheta domesticus)

House Cricket (Acheta domesticus)

Also the space underneath a door, especially doors that connect to the garage, and any windows with holes in the screens. House crickets also get inside the side paneling of a home where they often nest.

These crickets are the ones raised commercially as food for pets and in some countries, for humans (13 grams of protein in one 3.5 oz. serving – crickets anyone?). People buy crickets to feed their birds, tarantulas, lizards, snakes, etc.

House Cricket Identification

A House cricket is about the same size as a Field cricket (3/4 to 1 inch in length) and also has well- developed wings. The head is lighter in color than a Field cricket with three dark crossbars.

House crickets are not a native species but believed to have originated in Southwestern Asia. House crickets have spread world-wide becoming a common, neighbor hood insect, and sometimes pest.

Female House crickets come indoors looking for shelter, usually in the fall; a safe and quite place to lay their eggs. It’s the male cricket that sings chirping songs when trying to attract females. One reason these crickets can survive indoors is because they do eat human food.

Female House crickets come indoors during the fall looking for shelter.

Female House crickets come indoors during the fall looking for shelter.

House Cricket Prevention and Treatment

The crickets are attracted to electric light and moisture. They also feed on clothing and carpets, causing damage by pulling on the fibers.

Easily accessible shelter and plenty of food equals indoor crickets!

Hearts Pest Management can help keep the cricket population down around your home or business by using IPM (Integrated Pest Management) solutions besides treatment.

This entails suggestions from your service professional on how to keep crickets from coming indoors with some preventative tips. One simple tip is to seal any cracks and crevices with caulk.

Hearts will provide an inspection free-of-charge should you have an infestation of crickets. Please call today at:

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