Cricket Identification & Removal

How Did I Get Crickets?

Crickets enter homes through any cracks and openings on the foundation, around doors and windows. Crickets look for areas where there is moisture and warmth.

How Do I Get Rid of Crickets?

  • Sealing cracks on the foundation
  • close small openings around doors and windows
  • Since every house and business is different, EM Pest Control will send technicians and will provide customers with different treatment options to choose from. Our Service, Solution and Satisfaction program will help you to get rid of crickets from your home and business for good.

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Field Cricket 

Size: 1/2 inch - 1 1/8 inch

Color: Black but varies from brown or brownish yellow

Habits and Habitats

Field Crickets are typically found outdoors in moist areas such as woodpiles, stones, debris, mulched areas, etc. Field crickets are a danger to home gardens and farms. Field crickets can destroy crops such as wheats, oats, tomatoes, vegetable crops, cucumbers, etc. They also feed on other insects and crickets. Male crickets chirp to attract female crickets mostly at night but will chirp during the day. Once a field cricket enter homes or businesses, they will look for places that is dark and has moisture and warmth such as basements and attics. Field crickets will be able to damage wool, cotton, linen, silk, leather or fur garments. Adult field crickets will not survive long indoors for a long time and when winter comes they will die off, but during the fall, female crickets will lay their eggs in moist soil and will the eggs will hatch late spring.

  

House Crickets

Size: 3/4 inch 

Color: yellowish brown with 3 dark crossbands on the head

Antennae: Straight threadlike

Biology

Outside, female house crickets, under the right conditions, will lay about 700 eggs and indoors they will lays about 100. Female house crickets will place their eggs in warm and dark locations such as behind baseboards, in soil, or in mulch during the fall and winter months. The eggs will hatch in late spring. 

Habits and Habitat

During the spring and summer, house crickets can be found outdoors typically in dark locations such as under stones, mulch, leaves, and in bushes. and they are fond of garbage dumpsters. During the fall, house crickets seek places that provides warmth and moisture. House crickets are attracted to electric lights and will crawl and rest by the lights on vertical walls. Homeowners are annoyed by these crickets because of the loud chirping that house crickets make during the night.

Signs of an Infestation

There are 3 signs of House cricket infestation: sightings, noise, and damage. House crickets need moist and warm locations in order to survive. House crickets can be found in basements especially around the boiler, in kitchens, heaters, and fireplace. House crickets also make loud chirping noises during the night stopping homeowners from sleeping. Male crickets chirp or "sing" by rubbing their front wings together. Male crickets make a loud chirping noise to attract female crickets. House crickets does not pose a threat to humans, but they will damage clothes. They will chew on fabric such as wool, silk, copper and leather. These crickets will pick on loose fibers while feeding and will leave their droppings on clothes. 

 

Camel Crickets

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Size: 1/2 - 1 1/2 inch

Color: Light to dark brown

Habits and Habitat

Camel crickets get their name from their humpback appearance that is similar to a camel. They are also called spider and cave crickets because they are commonly reside in caves and typically in cool, moist outdoor areas such as under mulch, stones, woodpiles and debris. They can also be found under A/C units and sheds. Indoors, camel crickets can be found in damp basements, crawl spaces, garages, and attics. Camel crickets will even invade homes when the temperature is hot and dry. These crickets will hide during the day and search for food at night. Camel crickets feed on wood, carpets, fungi, cardboard, insects, and other camel crickets. Females crickets will lay their eggs in early spring and hatch during April.

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