Get Rid Of Crickets https://getridofcrickets.com Wed, 10 Nov 2021 15:30:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://getridofcrickets.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-Crickets-32x32.png Get Rid Of Crickets https://getridofcrickets.com 32 32 7 Most Common Cricket Breeds https://getridofcrickets.com/2021/10/27/7-most-common-cricket-breeds/ https://getridofcrickets.com/2021/10/27/7-most-common-cricket-breeds/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 15:51:27 +0000 https://getridofcrickets.com/?p=99 Crickets are found globally. Around 900 different cricket breeds exist in different parts of the world, with over one hundred of these species roaming around the United States. Different cultures and regions have different beliefs about crickets. Chinese, for instance, believe that crickets bring good luck. 

Crickets are part of a delicacy and part of a hale and hearty diet in some other places. In some areas such as Southern California, crickets are considered great distractors and sources of sleepless nights.  

Some cricket breeds live in groups of between 10 to 50 members. The group is aptly called an orchestra.  But where exactly do crickets live?  

Crickets enjoy inhabiting fields, yards, forests, caves, meadows, and rocky areas. A few species live underground in burrows abandoned by squirrels and rats. Most people recognize crickets by the chirping sounds that males produce when attracting females during mating periods. 

Crickets rub their wings together to produce chirping or stridulation noises. A mature cricket is about 1 inch long and comprises three body parts: the abdomen, thorax, and head. More so, crickets have a pair of antennae and three pairs of limbs.  

Adults of most species of crickets have wings and are omnivores, feasting on plants and small insects.  

Despite some people’s beliefs about crickets, insects can be pretty fascinating when looked at with an open mind. Crickets enjoy an intimate relationship with the human environment and help renew minerals in the soil and break down plant materials. 

The insects have an exoskeleton. Also, crickets exist in various sizes, physiologies, and colors depending on their species, environment, and habitat. Most of them have a thin antenna, a pair of sensory appendages (cerci), three-joined limb segments, and hind limbs adapted for hopping/jumping.  

Crickets’ two pairs of wings in crickets; the forewings are leathery and hard, and the hindwings helping in flying. 

Crickets are close relatives of grasshoppers. They belong to the Gryllidae family that hosts more than 2.400 species of vivacious insects. Interestingly, it’s only the male crickets that can chirp. Females are less aggressive and do not chirp. The chirping sound is considered a cricket trademark. 

Read on to explore more about cricket bugs, their various types, diet, reproduction, habitats, and occupation in the human environment/culture.

Taxonomical classification

In biological classification, crickets fall under the following taxonomical levels:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Orthoptera

Sub-Order: Ensifera

Family: Gryllidae

Sub-Family: Grylloidea

Some Enthralling Cricket Breeds

  • Jerusalem Cricket

Some people refer to Jerusalem crickets as old bald-headed men or potato bugs. These nicknames originate from the round bodies of Jerusalem crickets resembling a human head.

Scientifically, Jerusalem crickets are not categorized under true crickets because they are classified under the Stenopelmatus family. However, they have various stridulating behaviors and habits similar to those of crickets. 

cricket breeds - jerusalem cricket

Jerusalem crickets rub their legs against the abdomens to produce hissing noises when scaring predators like other crickets. 

Jerusalem crickets are a bit dormant but can bite human beings quite hard, although they are not venomous. They also produce a foul smell to escape threats.

  • Camel Cricket

The camel cricket has a hump-like posture on its back. It also has long spider-like legs. These two features give the insect the name Camel Cricket. 

A mature cricket does not have stridulating mechanisms or wings.

cricket breeds - camel cricket

Camel crickets are commonly found in greenhouses, where they feed on and destroy plants. They can also roam around homes, especially when you have green plants around. They can destroy plants and flowers. 

During summer, camel crickets hibernate in humid and cool places like laundry rooms and bathrooms. They can inhibit your bathrooms if they find access to them. 

Camel crickets can also hibernate in caves, attracting the nickname Cave Cricket.

  • House Cricket

As the name suggests, house crickets are commonly found indoors. They like human environments. House crickets inhabit patios, kitchens, hide behind furniture and appliances and fireplaces. 

cricket breeds - home cricket

House crickets are nocturnal, enjoying roaming, hunting, mating, and feeding at night. They fear light and like hiding in dark areas in your home. 

House crickets do not harm people but can scare those that fear encountering them.

  • Australian Field Cricket

The Australian field crickets, also known as the Teleorgryllus Oceanicus, are another of the most common cricket breeds. The insects are said to have increased in number due to human assistance. 

Some historians believe that the Australian crickets were brought to the United States by Polynesian settlers in the 5th century or by the trade ships in 1877.

Most of the Australian field crickets are dark brown or black in color. Some have stripes on their heads, distinguishing them from all other cricket breeds. 

 The Field crickets open and close their wings rapidly to produce the chirping sounds to attract males. The females are highly choosy in responding to the calls of their mating suitors. 

cricket breeds - australian black field cricket

Therefore, the males have highly-spirited mating competition; some perfect their mating calls by pushing their antennae together and fighting vigorously to exercise control. 

To win, a male must produce a unique mating call that attracts female crickets. The uniqueness in the mating call proofs suitability and fitness. The insects are also called Oceanic or Pacific field crickets.

  • The Mormon Cricket

These species of crickets infested the first Mormon settlement in Utah hence the name the Mormon crickets. Although these insects are categorized as crickets due to their resemblance to crickets, they are actually katydids. 

You can mostly find them in Western North America. Adults can grow to over 3 inches long.

The Mormon crickets’ exoskeleton can be purple, green, black, or brown. They can change colors when in the swarming phase.

cricket breeds - the mormon cricket

In the swarming phase, female Mormon crickets lay numerous eggs through the ovipositor and hide them in the soil. 

The Mormon crickets enjoy feeding on vegetation and grass materials. They are an essential part of foods for coyotes, crows, and various Native American tribes.

  • The King or Parktown Prawn Cricket

The king or Parktown Prawn crickets are from the Anostomatidae family. The insects are true crickets but have a very close resemblance to chirping masters. 

The King African crickets are extremely common in South Africa, getting the name from the location. 

Although most people may not allow Parktown Prawn crickets to get into their homes, gardeners praise the insects because they help in reducing the number of garden snails.

cricket breeds - the king or parktown prawn cricket

The King African crickets are true omnivores. They are also very hardy. The insects can feed on any vegetable matter, cat and dog foods, as well as cats and dogs’ droppings. 

Some people believe that the increased populations of the Parktown Prawn crickets in Parktown were due to a local university that used the insects to conduct a genetic experiment in the 1960s. 

  • Roesel’s Bush Cricket

The Roesel’s Bush crickets are yellow or brown in color and are small-sized. They have spotted abdomens. The females boast of long sword-like ovipositor at the end of the abdomen.   

The Roesel’s Bush crickets are the most dominant species in the United Kingdom. It is also common in North American areas, especially in Canada. 

cricket breeds - roesel's bush cricket

You can identify these insects quickly because they are fond of singing when it’s hot and sunny. They produce high-pitched buzzing when singing. Some people may find the singing noises irritating and chaotic. 

Diet

Most species of crickets are true herbivores, feasting on fruits, leaves, and flowers. Other species can hunt, kill, and eat aphids, pupae, larvae from other insects, and other creeping invertebrates. 

Some other species of crickets may scavenge by feeding on decaying materials. However, captured/tamed crickets can change their diet by adapting to the foods provided by the caretaker. 

More so, some species have adapted to the omnivore’s diet, eating on anything they can access.

All species of crickets lack cannot feed on humans. However, some species have strong jaws that they can use to bite humans. You may need to be cautious when handling crickets, especially the larger ones. 

Chirping

Depending on the species, crickets can produce various chirping noises. The males are great chirpers when attracting females in the mating seasons. 

Some rub their wings together, forelimbs, and others may rub their limbs against the abdomens to produce the chirping noise. 

Male crickets chirping serves two purposes:

  • To attract female partners during mating seasons. Female crickets choose their partners with distinct characteristics to increase the possibilities of gene superiority. 
  • To celebrate after winning dominance over other males in a mating pool. When celebrating, the chirping noises appear different from other chirps as proof of suitability and fitness. 

Reproduction

When it’s the mating season, female crickets choose males to fertilize their eggs depending on the chirping capabilities. 

When a female chooses a male partner, the pair contact via the antenna, and later, they get into a courtship phase, and the mating calls change.  

A single spermatophore from the male fertilizes the female’s eggs. The spermatophore is transferred from the male to the female through external genitalia found in the abdomen of the female cricket.

In some cases, the female may decide to remove the transferred spermatophore to accommodate several males on different occasions.

Female crickets lay fertilized and mature eggs inside plant stems or in the soil. The eggs become nymphs or larvae. 

The larvae pass through about 10 stages before becoming adults. 

Distribution and Habitat

Different species of crickets can be found in various places globally. However, you are unlikely to find these insects in regions with more than 55-degree latitudes because crickets loath to cold weather. 

Crickets can infest various habitats. They can transverse oceans, lakes, mountains, deserts, and islands in search of food and better environments. They reproduce rapidly, increasing their populations within short periods. 

Tropical areas such as Malaysia have larger numbers of crickets. Over 88 different species of crickets can coexist in the same environment. The type of chirping sounds helps researchers to estimate the number of different species living together in the same environment.  

Crickets can find habitats in various places such as caves, burrows, tree canopies, and grass blades. Some species of crickets can even bounce above water surfaces. 

How to differentiate between crickets and grasshoppers

Crickets, locusts, and grasshoppers are members of the order Orthoptera. The classification level is also home to several other species.

Although crickets and grasshoppers are close relatives, you can tell them apart using various differences

 Grasshoppers have shorter ones, while crickets have longer antennae protruding from their heads. 

Most crickets rub their wings when chirping, while grasshoppers rub their hind legs against their wings to produce the sounds.

Crickets sense sounds using their front legs while grasshoppers have their ears located under their abdomens.  

Crickets can be herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores. Some crickets can be scavengers too. On the other hand, grasshoppers are exclusive herbivores, feeding on grass and vegetation only.

How Different Cultures Interact with Crickets

Crickets are popular tropes in different legends and myths—some mythical stories associate crickets with intelligence and good luck. For instance, killing or harming a cricket may be interpreted as a way of attracting calamities in some regions. 

Some other stories associate the appearance of crickets as calamities. For instance, in the Bible, a locust infestation was among the ten plagues Yahweh sent to the Egyptians in the time of Moses.  

Some cultures in Asia use male crickets for entertainment. The male crickets are caged to produce chirping noises as a form of entertaining family and guests. 

In China, cricket fighting is a part of Chinese sports.

Some other places, such as China, Mexico, Ghana, and Thailand, eat crickets as part of their favorite snacks. Crickets can be fried or cooked in different ways and various cuisines.

In the film and theatre industry, producers use cricket songs to symbolize calmness in the night and desertion.   

Final thoughts

If you decide to give crickets a chance to interact with you, they may become interesting insects. They have various fascinating features and habits. 

Although the insects can feed on and destroy your crops and flowers, they are great in pest control. They will feed on most of the pests attacking your plants.  

Their chirping sounds can also be a source of great entertainment. Some people find the cricket songs interesting and flirting to the ears. 

FAQs

Q. Can crickets fly?

A. Yes! However, not all species of crickets can fly despite having wings. More so, the Camel and Jerusalem crickets do not have wings; hence they cannot fly.

Both flying and non-flying crickets can jump or jerk depending on the movement they intend to make. 

Some crickets have grasshopper-like limbs helping them to maneuver their ways in the forests. 

Some species of crickets, such as house crickets, have fully developed wings and can effortlessly fly. They also use their wings to chirp as a way of communicating.

Q. Are crickets nocturnal?

A. Most species of crickets are more active at night than during the day. Therefore, they are nocturnal insects. However, some can be active during the day. The nocturnal crickets hunt for food and mate during the night. They do not like lightened places. Most of them hide in dark areas during the day. 

Unfortunately, nocturnal crickets risk being attacked and eaten by nocturnal predators like bats. However, they minimize movements and stop the chirping noises when they sense danger.

Q. Are crickets invertebrates?

A. Crickets are true insects, and all insects are invertebrates because they all do not have backbones. 

Crickets belong to the Gryllidae family. Their closest relatives as grasshoppers and katydids. They have long antennae, segmented bodies, and flattened features.

Q. Are crickets herbivores?

A. Crickets feed on various foods depending on their species, habitat, and environment. Some species are herbivores, feeding on plant stems, shoots, flowers, and leaves. Some crickets feed on grass too. 

Other crickets are omnivores feeding on both insects and plant materials. Some can scavenge on dead and decaying materials like fruits and house wastes. A few species are true carnivores, feeding on insects, larvae, and other small invertebrates only. 

Q. Can crickets bite?

A. Yes! Some species of cricket can bite. However, they rarely harm humans unless when threatened. 

Crickets’ mouths are not strong enough to tear human skin, but their bites can risk your health. It is essential to be cautious with insects.

Various crickets carry a range of diseases; hence it is essential to wear protective gear when handling them. 

Uniquely, crickets are more likely to jump towards or over you rather than run away from you. So, you may not avoid encountering them. They have blurred vision, affecting their judgments in movements. 

Some crickets can cause painful sores putting you at significant risk.

Q. How do crickets make noise?

A. To humans, crickets may be perceived to make noise. However, crickets do not make noise; they make mating calls to attract their female partners. 

Some males may also make chirping noises when celebrating successful mating and male dominance.

They make the chirping sounds using their wings and legs. They also use their limbs and wings to hop and fly from one place to another.  

Cricket rub their wings together or against their legs to produce the chirping sounds. 

Q. How do crickets get in the house?

A. Crickets are a nuisance, especially at night when they chirp. They have the potential to interrupt your sleep as well as make your children and pets feel uneasy. The only way to keep them out is to figure out how they get into the house and devise a strategy to keep them out.

Camel, field, mole, and house crickets are some of the varieties of crickets that can enter your home. Crickets can enter your property through small cracks and openings due to their small size. Lighting attracts them, so you’re more likely to have an infestation if you put security lights directly at the gate.

Using yellow lighting and avoiding harsh light, such as white, is the most effective approach to keep them away from your outdoor locations. It would help if you also sealed or prevented entry sites, such as gaps and fractures in doors and windows.

You should also remove the perimeter of your house of clutter and long grasses, as these features provide an ideal habitat for crickets. Crickets can utilize firewood, stone piles, and other rubbish as a refuge, so don’t keep them close to your house. Getting a cat can also help you get rid of bugs. Crickets are afraid of cats and will avoid your home as much as possible.

Q. What do crickets eat?

A. Most bugs are omnivores, which means they eat both fresh and dried plants depending on what’s available. They prefer decaying plant waste, which is why you’ll find them on your grass or in your yard. If the opportunity presents itself, they will eat stems, young leaves, and fruits.

Crickets enjoy crawling under rocks and wood heaps. These locations are ideal for both food and shelter, as well as protection from predators. Under the mounds, they might eat other insects and bugs. When large colonies run short of food, they can resort to cannibalism and turn on other crickets.

As a result, it is clear that crickets are adaptable and would eat anything as long as it is soft and easy to handle.

To keep crickets away from your property, it is recommended that you put all goods away and store them in tight cans. If they get into your home, they’ll eat anything, including your papers and clothes.

Q. Which crickets make noise?

A. Male crickets create sounds in an attempt to communicate with female crickets. The chirping sounds signal the start of the mating ritual for the females. The sound is made by male crickets rubbing their wings together, a process known as stridulating.

The courting song is a chirping sound that entices a female cricket to mate with a nearby male cricket. Because crickets mate at night, you’re more likely to hear the unpleasant sounds at night than during the day.

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Grasshopper vs Cricket: A Few Tips on Recognizing these 2 Insects https://getridofcrickets.com/2021/10/20/grasshopper-vs-cricket/ Wed, 20 Oct 2021 21:58:05 +0000 https://getridofcrickets.com/?p=90 What are the differences and similarities in grasshopper vs cricket? Most people ask, are crickets and grasshoppers the same? Many mistake crickets for grasshoppers. These two insects look alike and are related to each other, but that does not mean they are the same.

However, they both share similar habitats and have some common characteristics. Crickets and grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera, and they share a common ancestor.

Here are the similarities and differences of a grasshopper vs cricket.

grasshopper vs cricket, similarities and differences

Grasshopper vs Cricket Similarities

The following are some of the similarities between these two insects:

  • The insects have long back legs that allow them to jump far and high. They also use these legs to communicate by making a chirping sound.
  • They both belong to the same family.
  • Grasshoppers and crickets live in the same environment.
  • They have simple and compound eyes.

Grasshopper vs Cricket Differences

So, what is the difference between a cricket and a grasshopper? These insects have various fundamental variations that set them apart. These differences range from their body sizes, colors to the sounds they make.

  • Size and Color

Grasshoppers are generally larger than crickets, and they can grow up to four inches. Crickets can reach up to two inches. Crickets have long antennas in relation to their bodies, while grasshoppers have short pairs of antennas.

Grasshoppers have bright green colors that enable them to camouflage to the surrounding environment. On the other hand, crickets usually have black or brown shades.

  • Diet

Grasshoppers are herbivores, and they will mostly eat leaves, plant stems, grasses, and flowers. Crickets are omnivores, and they feed on different plant types, dead insects, larvae, insects’ eggs, aphids, pupae, among other things.

  • Active Time

Grasshoppers are known to be active during the day since they are diurnal insects. They will hang out in the dry and open grassy areas in the daytime to feed.

On the contrary, crickets are nocturnal insects, hence active at night. They usually hide under logs, in long grass, and beneath rocks.

  • Singing Method

Grasshopper vs. cricket makes a chirping noise using various parts of their bodies referred to as stridulation. Some songs are meant to attract mates, or to warn others, more so the males.

Grasshoppers produce a slight fluttering noise by rubbing their long hind legs against their wings. Crickets create a chirping noise by directly rubbing their wings together. Their chirps’ pitches can vary by either slowing down or speeding up their scraper’s movement.

  • Locomotion

Are crickets and grasshoppers the same in movement? The majority of crickets do not have wings and move from one place to another by jumping. On the other hand, most grasshoppers have wings that enable them to fly and jump.

  • Sense of Hearing

Grasshoppers detect sound using the sensory organs beneath their abdomen. Crickets use their sensory organs on the forelegs for sound detection.

  • Pests

Research shows that grasshoppers reproduce in large numbers under better environmental conditions. They are a serious threat when they inflict large agricultural plantations. Some grasshopper species are used as a delicacy in some countries.

Crickets are not pests and do not damage crops. Besides, they don’t procreate in huge numbers. In some countries, crickets are kept as pets and consumed as food.

  • Laying of Eggs

Grasshoppers lay their eggs and deposit them in the ground about one inch down in hayfields, weedy areas, and grassy ditches.

On the other hand, crickets find a warm and quiet place to lay their eggs. The females usually hide the eggs from their male mates, who tend to damage the eggs.

The female crickets frequently relocate their eggs before hatching. The ability of the female to hide the eggs from the male determines their survival. Crickets’ eggs hatch in two weeks.

  • Habitats

Grasshoppers vs. crickets are not social insects. They are loners, but they can be semi-social, meaning they can move in large numbers.

Grasshoppers do not have territory or build nests since they keep on migrating for food. They mostly like to hop and fly around in the sunshine.

Crickets build their nests under the rocks, soil, or decaying plant matter. They usually prefer to live in dark, calm, and damp areas.

Learn more on identifying crickets here.

Conclusion

The above points help to answer what is the difference between a cricket and a grasshopper. They both inhabit bushes, meadows, grasslands, caves, and marshes.

Grasshoppers are active during the day, while crickets are active at night. In addition, crickets move by jumping because they don’t have wings, while grasshoppers can fly, jump, or crawl.

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Camel Cricket: A Detailed Guide Of The Humpbacked Spider Cricket https://getridofcrickets.com/2021/10/13/camel-crickets-guide/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 15:27:44 +0000 https://getridofcrickets.com/?p=110 What are camel crickets? A camel cricket is a nocturnal insect.

These humpbacked insects have many names. They also go by other names like spider crickets, camelback crickets, and cave crickets, among many more.

Camelback crickets are fascinating insects since they resemble crickets and spiders. They also have a humpback, thus their association with camels.

Most people prefer to call them “criders” because of their similarity to the two insects. 

There are more than 1100 species of camel cricket found worldwide.

Learn about each of these species and many other interesting facts about this unique “crider”.

Unique Features of Camel Crickets

These cave crickets have unique features. Camel crickets identification can be made by looking out for the following features. They:

  •  Are brown, sometimes with dark mottled bands on some segments
  • Have no wings
  • Have large hind legs (like drumsticks)
  • Have antennae placed next to each other
  • Extraordinarily long in size
  • Have a humpback

To some, this is an insect they have never heard of or seen. Camel crickets are not very common, and if you have spotted one before, you are pretty lucky.

camel cricket

Camel crickets do not chirp. Unlike their cricket counterparts that make a lot of noise, these insects do not have sound-producing organs.

So, how long do spider crickets live for?

Typically, camelback spiders have a lifespan of one to two years. Within this time, the females lay between 100-200 eggs per litter.

They are omnivores and feed on:

  • Small insects
  • Fabrics
  • Feces
  • Dead animals

Areas Where You Can Find Camel Crickets

These humpbacked insects are more likely to be found in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

You can find camel cricket indoors and outdoors. The areas you should check on inside your house are:

  • On baseboards
  • Behind appliances
  • Attics
  • In the basement

While the entry of cave crickets into your house may be rare, these insects harbor outside wherever it is moist and dark.

Harborages for ‘criders’ include:

  • Rotting logs
  • Damp areas
  • Caves
  • Under stones or logs
  • Areas with overgrown vegetation
  • Under stacks of firewood
  • Garbage cans

All the above areas are breeding grounds as well as camel crickets’ habitats.

They are favorable because of the dampness and availability of food. Remember, camel crickets can feed on literally anything. In these areas, cave crickets have access to small insects, decaying wood matter, and some dead animals, which help them to thrive.

Are Camel Crickets Harmful?

To human beings, these ‘criders’ do not pose threats. They cannot bite since they do not have fangs. However, if they gain entry into your home, they may wreak havoc.

Camel crickets feed on fabrics, so you might find them gnawing away at your curtains and clothes.

There is bound to be a ‘crider’ infestation during extreme weather conditions such as excessive rainfall and long dry weather spells.  

camel cricket

It is, however, important to note that these insects feed on fecal matter and dead animals. For example, cave camel crickets found in Australia cause infections and diseases to human beings.

It is, therefore, necessary to get rid of ‘criders’ whenever you spot their habitats.

How to Get Rid of Camel Crickets

There are numerous effective ways of getting rid of cave crickets.

Although they are not poisonous to humans, some species spread diseases and infections.        

That aside, they destroy fabric and may gnaw away at wooded areas in your home.

Different methods can be employed outside and inside your home. Just ensure you have checked thoroughly to identify their breeding areas and habitats.

The best way to deal with cricket spiders is to prevent them from entering your house from the beginning.

  1. Keeping Out Cave Crickets

Nobody wants unwanted insects inside their house, especially if all they do is cause damage. Here are some ways of keeping cave crickets out of your house.

  • Seal all crawlspaces, for instance, basement windows and doors on the ground level
  • Cut down on clutter to get rid of possible hiding spots
  • Store your firewood further away from your house
  • Clear bushes around your house
  • Install weather-stripping along the bases of house and basement doors
  • Ensure you stack boxes and other storage items off the ground and far from walls. This action will improve air circulation and make it easier to spot pests.

If they have already entered your house, you need to act fast before they leave you with no curtains and clothes. You should:

  •  Get a dehumidifier, which makes the air less damp
  • Use sticky traps, although duct tape can work magic too
  • Leave shallow bowls of soapy water lying around areas they like. They will fall in and drown.

These methods are just recommendations. In case you are dealing with a camel cricket infestation, consult the professionals to come and help.

These spiders cum crickets can cause lots of damage if not correctly dealt with.

  1. Chemical Control of Camel Crickets

Chemical control should be your last resort, and you must apply it as an outdoor barrier treatment. For this process, it would be better to involve pest control.

Chemical control involves the following procedures:

  • Applying sprays to foundation walls, around vents, and crawl spaces. It would be best if you also sprayed basement doors and windows to keep spider crickets away.

Spraying in confined areas such as crawlspaces will require expertise and proper safety equipment. You must not carry out any fumigation without proper safety gear. You must wear eye protection, a face mask, and gloves at all times.

There is a vast list of pesticides that work to get rid of and prevent camelback crickets. Employ the safest for you and your immediate environment as some might be very strong and toxic.

  • You can place insecticidal baits in corners and along the sill plate. These baits trap all manner of insect pests trying to gain access to your house. However, it is better to use granular baits in confined areas and corners.

These granular baits are not readily available in stores. You will need a licensed company for assistance. 

Summary

Camel crickets are commonly confused for giant spider bugs. They resemble both crickets and spiders and might cause you a fright at first glance.

Although they are not poisonous to human beings, cave crickets cause havoc in your home and outdoors as well.

Consult a certified pest control company if you think you have a camel cricket invasion on your hands. It is possible that you have not spotted such an insect in or around your house. To prevent the occurrence, follow the preventive measures above to stop this from ever happening.

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Identifying Crickets and Some Extra Info https://getridofcrickets.com/2018/09/28/identifying-crickets-plus-more-info/ Fri, 28 Sep 2018 17:12:21 +0000 http://www.getridofcrickets.com/?p=57 Contents

You are more likely to hear the song of the cricket at night before you actually see one. Sometimes there will be a cacophony of sound as the male crickets call out to the females in the darkness, and some may find it rather irritating if there is a big group of crickets outside the window. So, could you recognize a cricket if you saw one?

What Do Crickets Look Like?

Almost all crickets are either black in color or a very dark brown, which helps them blend into the darkness of night and into the dirt color of the ground. The cricket has six legs, but only four of them are used for walking. The large two legs at the back of the cricket are used for jumping, which is why they are much larger than the other legs.

There are two long antennae, sometimes called feelers, attached to the head of the cricket and these are used for touching and smelling. Sometimes people get confused between crickets and grasshoppers, but the grasshopper is green and the antennae are shorter. However, they are related to each other.

The body of the cricket is broad but looks flattened, and averages between 3/8 and 1 inch in length. The antennae are usually longer than the body, and the majority of cricket species have overlapping wings on top of their back. Some species are wingless and others have really small wings. The cricket has a hearing organ called a tympanum on each front leg.

Main Types of Cricket

There are several types of cricket, some of which are a lot more common than others. The main types of cricket are as follows.

Field Cricket

This particular cricket is also commonly known as a black cricket. They are the really common ones, and tend to be black, brown or sometimes a red color. They tend to grow up to 1 inch in length.

House Crickets

The house cricket is a light yellow-brown color, with a light-colored head which has three dark bands on the top of the head and between the eyes. There are two pairs of wings – one set covers the abdomen and the second pair are a set of long hind wings at the tip of the abdomen. Sometimes these hind wings are shed when the cricket becomes an adult. The hind legs also have spines on them.

Tree Crickets

tree cricket

These crickets resemble the grasshopper because they are usually green. They have broad wings that are transparent. There is another type of tree cricket called the Snowy tree cricket, and that one is smaller, and the color ranges from white to pale green.

Ant-loving Crickets

These are much smaller than most crickets at just ¼ inch long. They are a wingless species of cricket.

Bush Crickets

The bush cricket is brown or gray and some have small wings while others have none. The body of the bush cricket is slender and the maximum length they can grow to is ¾ inch.

Mole Crickets

A brown cricket, the mole cricket has front legs that look like spades. This is so they can dig in the ground. They have short antennae and grow to about 1 inch in length. There is also a Pigmy mole cricket that is smaller than the Mole cricket.

Do All Crickets Chirp?

You would think that with the amount of noise they can make that all crickets can chirp, but this isn’t true. It is only the male cricket that can make that noise. They do so by running the top of a wing against the ‘teeth’ on the bottom of the other wing, and this makes the chirping sound. The cricket will hold the wings up in the air and open them up to make the sound even louder.

There are four types of cricket chirps – one for calling other crickets, one for courting the female, an aggressive chirp to scare off other males, and a mating call. The calling chirp is quite loud, and is used to repel males but attract females. The courting chirp is much quieter and is only used when there is a female nearby.

The crickets that live in bushes and trees tend to only chirp at night time, whereas those that live in grass and weeds will chirp both during the day and at night. Both the field and house crickets also chirp during the day and night.

Where do Crickets Live?

Cricket in grass

They can live in a variety of habitats, and it often depends on the species of cricket. The most common places to find crickets are around plants and in trees. Field crickets are more commonly found in fields, hence the name, and in lawns, pastures, woods and along the roadsides.

Bush crickets usually dwell in tropical areas, in bushes and near water. The tree cricket lives in trees, shrubs, weeds or high grass. The mole cricket spends most of its time under the ground, so is very rarely seen. Ant-loving crickets live in ant nests, so they have a constant supply of food!

What Do Crickets Eat?

Scavengers and omnivores, crickets feed mainly on flowers, seeds, leaves and barks. There are some species that will eat other insects and snails, and in some rarer cases, lizards and small snakes. The field cricket tends to prefer fruits, vegetables and ornamental flowers and plants. They also eat insects, dead or alive, pupae of butterflies moths and flies, and grasshopper eggs. They have been known to even steal prey from a spider web.

Tree crickets eat aphids, which is a great bonus for your garden if you have an aphid infestation. In captivity, the crickets will eat potatoes and fish food.

How does it Defend Itself?

Crickets are at risk of being dinner for frogs, tortoises, lizards, spiders and salamanders. Despite this, the cricket doesn’t actively defend itself. Instead, they use their back legs to jump away from any potential danger. Some types of cricket rely on camouflage to stay hidden from predators.

If a cricket sense danger nearby, it will go silent and stop all chirping until they know what the intrusion is. If they are captured, they will do their best to wrench themselves free, even risking losing a leg if it means they can escape. They don’t make any noise at all while trying to get away from a predator.

Crickets and Humans

Like many other insects, crickets are attracted to light sources, so they may come inside your home if the lights are on. Once inside, they have a tendency to eat materials and clothes made from wool, silk and cotton.

Do House Crickets Bite?

house cricket

There are a few species of cricket that can and will bite a human if they are fearful of being harmed or killed. These include the house cricket, black field cricket, crazy red cricket and the Jamaican field cricket. The bite can be quite painful, depending on the size of the cricket, but they generally are not strong enough to break the skin.

If a large cricket bites you, it may do so multiple times which increases the severity of the pain. The good news is that crickets don’t transmit any fatal diseases to people, but they can cause some less-serious health issues.

The house cricket is known to carry salmonella and E. coli bacteria as well as parasites, so being bitten by this cricket could result in a bacterial infection. You can also get the infection from coming into contact with the cricket’s feces.

Common Symptoms of Cricket Bites

There are just a few symptoms of cricket bites, none of which are too alarming. The main symptoms include:

  • Rash on the skin
  • Skin sores
  • Flu-like symptoms

Of course if you have picked up a bacterial infection from the cricket, the most common symptoms to be wary of are a high fever, sweating and a general feeling of unwellness.

Treating a Cricket Bite

If you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by a cricket, the very first thing you should do is wash the area thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water. Then apply an anti-bacterial ointment to the bite. This should normally take care of any bite issues, but if the rash gets worse, you may need a course of antibiotics, so you should see your medical practitioner.

Should We Worry About Crickets?

Overall, crickets are completely harmless if you leave them alone. If you want to try and catch them, you are more likely to be at risk of a nasty bite or an infection. But, if you leave them be, they won’t bother you at all. The scariest thing about crickets is probably the way they look rather than their ability to cause you harm.

Crickets can be useful in the garden for getting rid of dead leaves and plant matter, and feeding on aphids and other harmful insects. If you want to get rid of your crickets, you need to weigh up whether they are damaging your garden or protecting it.

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Using Natural Cricket Repellents to Get Rid of Them https://getridofcrickets.com/2018/09/02/get-rid-of-crickets-naturally/ Sun, 02 Sep 2018 10:50:15 +0000 http://www.getridofcrickets.com/?p=50 Contents

The little chirping sounds in your attic or basement may sound cute for the first few days, but by the end of the week, anyone will be at their wit’s end trying to get rid of these little insects. While some people may see a little humor in having crickets around for bad jokes, others will be looking for the nearest natural cricket repellent.

Many people often wonder why these tiny crickets even bother to enter their home or how they managed to get in their house in the first place. Crickets are useful for a food and other tasks but usually, that is outside in the garden not under the kitchen sink or hopping around in the darkest corners of your home.

While these little guys might not seem harmful at first, they can carry many diseases. Crickets are capable of biting but typically they are more likely to bite their enemies and prey and not humans. A cricket can causes sores should you accidentally become exposed to their feces and/or actually get bitten. These sores are not fatal and usually clear up over time.
Crickets are a problem when it comes to foodborne illnesses. Should they invade your home they will often go for your food storage first and anywhere else they can get sustenance and a water source. Like any other pests, crickets can be fairly hard to get rid of with just natural cricket repellents.

With this cricket repelling guide you will be able to figure out the species of your local cricket mafia, how to use natural cricket repellents effectively in your home, yard and/or garden, information about these little crickets, and other tips for warding those hopping pest for good.

Crickets: Playing the World’s Tiniest Violin Just for You

Crickets are some of the most interesting insects right next to spiders, ladybugs, and scorpions. While you may think a cricket is just for the local swamps and ponds, crickets can be found anywhere there is enough humidity, a food source, and a water source. There are over 900 species of these little hopping insects and they aren’t afraid to invade whenever they feel like it.

Most crickets come in a small range of colors. Typically, they are a variation of browns, pale tans, black, and greens. These little hopping insects are a distant cousin to the other garden hopper – the grasshopper. While crickets are considered a minor pest they can prove to be quite the nuisance in large numbers.

Crickets play a decent role in nature’s ecosystems. They are both predators and prey. They are food for the local birds, toads, lizards, snakes, and frogs. They are also the great plant defenders against aphids and other garden pests.

Depending on the species, temperatures, and time of day you will often hear a wide variety of cricket sounds. So why do they call it chirping? Crickets don’t make noises in the same way as mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians do.

They do what most insect species often do, use a body part and make some vibrations. For the cricket, specifically the males, they use their long ribbed legs and rub them against their forewing creating that well-known tune. These little vibrations are important to the cricket since it helps them find mates, fight off their competition, and other purposes.

While these garden musicians aren’t like the cute little peacock spider or the buzzing cicadas, they can give you a rather soothing concert during the warmer months. Typically you won’t hear crickets once temperatures start to drop and the world becomes dark and chilly. This is because these little insects hate the cold about as much as any other creature.

Causes for a Cricket Colony Invading Your Home, Garden, and Yard

While it is a common occurrence during colder months, crickets can sneak into your home when it is warm too. If your yard experiences any level of flooding, crickets will then seek shelter in your home. If your home provides an adequate place to hide, plenty of food and a nice reliable water source, you may end up having a cricket family in the hundreds on your hands.

Crickets like nice damp places to hide. This means your bathroom, kitchen, damp places in the attic, basement, near the water heater, near your washing machine, and anywhere else that has damp enough conditions will attract crickets, among other things.

You may often see crickets hop along your floors, crawl under baseboards, in between cracks, and around windows as well. Leave a window or door open for too long and you may as well send a written invitation to any and all pests, including the common cricket.

Crickets are fairly omnivorous in nature and are known scavengers of the insect world. They will eat plenty of smaller insects such as aphids, vegetables, fruits, and even meat. They love rotting vegetation and won’t hesitate to dig their mandibles into your favorite curtains, books, pet food, and more. Talk about an opportunistic appetite!

So if you have any of these food sources lying around you will end up attracting possibly more than just pesky crickets.
Now that you have an idea of their favorite hiding spots and food sources, you can move on to the final component of cricket attraction – an open water source. While ponds, rivers, swamps, streams, and lakes are all contenders for a cricket colony, they aren’t the only sources a cricket will rely on. Crickets will go wherever they can get at least a consistent few drops of water.

Any leaky taps/faucets, leaky water heaters, water from washing machines, leaky plumbing, damp basements, leaky attics, water-filled buckets, leaky outside hoses, birdbaths, pools, spas/hot tubs, puddles in your yard or garage, and damp soil, are all sources of water for a cricket.

Cricket Species to Know Around Your Home, Yard, and Garden

Like cockroaches, there are four major species of crickets that don’t understand the meaning of stay outside. The nuisance cricket quartet is the mole cricket, field cricket, house cricket, and last but not least the camel cricket.

  • The Mole Cricket
    While these guys might not invade your home, they will invade your yard and garden. They are known destroyers of lawns and gardens everywhere. They are usually dark brown with a slight sheen, have a yellowish underbelly, and will burrow deep into the soil. They don’t have the elongated hind legs like their fellow cricket species.
    These crickets are known pests in the United States, Australia, and even all over Europe.
  • The Field Cricket
    Dark brownish in color these little crickets tend to like eating vegetation and dead animals. They typically live in tall grass, fields, and piles of lawn debris. They are harmless and can be quite skittish around humans and large animals. This species is more a nuisance and not so much a threat to your home, garden or yard.
    In fact, they are rather beneficial to the environment.
  • The House Cricket
    The real culprit of cricket home invasion. These crickets are fairly loud little chirpers and can live for quite a bit of time. These crickets are a yellowish brown and have three little dark crossbands on their heads. They love warm, humid areas which are why they never hesitate to enter homes. They can be found all over the United States.
  • The Camel Cricket
    camel cricket
    One of the creepiest cricket species of all time. These little guys with have you doing a double take. They look like a hybrid between spiders and crickets. They love to live in basements, attics, sheds, and anywhere else that provides a warm, humid shelter. They are a mix of browns and black in color.
    They may not bite you but these crickets are known to jump on your in self-defense.

How to Effectively Use Natural Cricket Repellents in Your Home, Yard, and Garden

While you may have read a bunch of comments on how natural cricket repellents don’t work, it is usually because people didn’t  use them properly. A natural cricket repellent can work if you use it where you need it most. Typically, you should use natural cricket repellents near cricket nests.
Targeting the cricket’s nests will help cut down on their populations and irritate them enough to stay away. This is usually the best method for any insect pest, always take the fight to the source. When you combine different natural cricket repellents with proper home maintenance and lawn care you can keep these little hoppers out of your home until next summer.
Crickets aren’t afraid to come back so you will have to be vigilant and keep up with other cricket prevention methods.

Additionally, this video might help a bit more as well:

How to Keep Those Little Chirping Crickets Out of Your Home

leaf pile

While it may seem impossible at first and a lot of work, there are plenty of ways you can prevent a colony of crickets from entering your home or invading your lovely yard or garden.

1.) Clean up your yard, garden, and home of all debris, leaf piles, old furniture, and so on.

2.) Seal up all cracks, crevices, and leaking areas in your yard, garden, home, and shed

3.) Keep your drains clean and make sure your gutters are clear as well.

4.) Move all firewood and compost piles away from your home.

5.) Shear all shrubs, bushes, and even trees. Make sure to keep your grass cut often.

6.) Keep your garbage cans closed with a lid.

4 of The Best Methods for Getting Rid of Crickets Naturally

When it comes to picking out the best natural cricket repellents, you want something that not only works but isn’t going to cost you much to use. After all, pesticides, certain types of remedies like natural oils, and other can cost a pretty penny.
Each of these methods is not only a great natural cricket repellents but also cost-efficient.

1.) Slower than molasses

Use one part molasses to ten parts water in a small bowl. Place the bowl near the cricket’s nest. They will be attracted to the sweet taste and end up drowning in the bowl. Make sure to clear out the dead crickets as often as possible.

2.) Sprinkle some diatomaceous earth around high traffic areas

This is the best organic insect killer on the market. It will ward off crickets by making the area too dry for them while also handling any other garden pest that dares to enter your home.

3.) Grow some nitrogen-fixing plants in your yard, garden or around your home

garlic growing

Garlic, cloves, and even sweet peas are all great to eat. They can be grown easily in your garden. For extra home defense, try to grow some garlic inside your home and keep your pots near the windows. Crickets are easily irritated by these plants and will refuse to go near them.

4.) Bring in the spicy chili peppers for your homemade bug spray brew

If you are up for burning those pesky crickets with some pepper spray, you can use one of many pepper spray recipes for insect repellent. All you need is some chili powder, some red hot chili sauce, and some water. Mix it all together and let it sit overnight. Once you have your brew, add some soap and let it sit near your little cricket’s favorite hiding places.
While you can spray this stuff on plants, beware that the soap might do some damage to certain plant varieties.

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Make Your Own Cricket Trap https://getridofcrickets.com/2018/08/22/make-your-own-cricket-trap/ Wed, 22 Aug 2018 18:02:41 +0000 http://www.getridofcrickets.com/?p=43 Contents

Crickets may be one of the few insects that only annoy anyone who is either not adapted to them or simply dislike loud noise at night. Some people are disturbed by their creepy appearance while other societies consider these little hopping insects lunch. Their orchestra of chirps is what gives the swamplands their appeal besides the quartet of croaking frogs.

While the common cricket is seen as a food source to many creatures, it can also be quite the pest for anyone growing vegetables or ornamental flowers in their yard or a lovely well-decorated home. Crickets are like any other insect in the garden, they love leaves, stems, flowers, and other smaller insects that live on said plants.

These insects even have a taste for fabric and paper, so best be warned they aren’t the best of uninvited house guests.

So why not just get rid of all these pests in the garden or in the yard and be done with it? Well, not all pests are completely bad pests. Crickets can actually be quite useful and may even grow on you if you let a few stick around that is. Anyone who fishes knows a cricket can make for some pretty decent bait too.

If you have chickens, a pet reptile or spider, or an aphid problem in your organic garden, then crickets are your ally. Chickens and exotic pets can benefit from this insect’s high-protein content. Organic gardens can benefit by having healthier plants instead of those nasty little green sapsuckers. And if you struggle with sleep, nothing can be more soothing than the chirps of crickets in the distance.

So how does someone reap the benefits of these mini-grasshopper looking creatures? Well, first you will need to capture those little hopping protein-filled critters. Once you have a homemade cricket trap built, it is as simple as leaving it out for those chirpy crickets and wait for their mass invasion into the trap.

How do you make a homemade cricket trap that works? What will attract crickets enough to keep them from escaping? Follow along with this how-to guide on how to build your own cricket trap, how to attract those silly crickets, and learn a thing or two about those tricky crickets in the process.

Crickets: The Nighttime Chirping in the Wilderness and Swamps

Crickets despite be assumed to always be small can actually be fairly large depending on the species of cricket. Bull crickets are the largest of the cricket species clocking in at 2 inches or 5 cm long. There are over 900 different species of cricket currently known.

Most crickets are flightless but can vary in appearance, noises, and other factors depending on the type of cricket. Typically, a cricket may come in a variety of colors ranging from black, grey, green, brown, and pale variations for desert species.

Why do crickets make those strange noises? Do all crickets chirp? These odd little nocturnal insects chirp for many reasons. In particular, it is only the male crickets that make that classic sound. Female crickets are the silent vegetation eaters who await a male cricket’s sweet call to mate. These little insect Casanovas will even duke it out if there is enough male competition.

Although, there are some species of cricket that are completely mute.
When it comes to male crickets they will play their a different little song depending on what they are doing. If the temperature is changing a cricket’s chirping will also change with it depending on the species of cricket. Male crickets will emit a particular sound around other males, play a tune after mating with a female, and their little songs can even be a victory tune for the winner of a duel.

Crickets depending on the species can be either omnivorous, slightly carnivorous or strictly herbivorous. Most herbivorous species prefer to eat seedlings, grass, young plant shoots, and leaves. The carnivorous and omnivorous species will go for aphids, organic remains, decaying plant matter, insect eggs, pupae, scales of insects, molting insects, and larvae.

If you intend to farm crickets you can supplement their diet with crushed dog food, aphids, and lettuce. There are many cultures in Southeast Asia and elsewhere that eat crickets and many markets and specialty restaurants in North America are starting to take part in selling protein powders made of crushed crickets or traditional cricket dishes.

The Hopping Insect Confusion: Crickets, Locust, and Grasshoppers

cricket on leaf

A common issue among anyone new to hopping insects. While grasshoppers and crickets are distant cousins they can often be confused for the crop-destroying locust. Being able to identify species is important when it comes to dealing with any insect pest. While grasshoppers and crickets can be fairly beneficial to your yard and garden, the locust will be your worst nightmare.

So how do you tell the difference between these three similar looking creatures? Crickets tend to be the smallest of the garden triad of hoppers. Grasshoppers and locust are similar in length with locust having a slightly slimmer appearance. Grasshoppers and locust tend to be more green and brown in colorings while crickets stick to the darker camouflage spectrum.

Life Cycle of the Cricket

Once males finish hashing out who is the most dominant they will then call for female mates. The female will choose which mate’s tune she likes most. Females can mate with up to several other males. To prevent this multiple mates behavior, male crickets sing to their female mates to keep them distracted.

The crickets will then mate and the female will then make a burrow or use the inside of a plant’s stem. Once the burrow is made the female cricket will then lay her eggs.

The crickets development into adulthood is a long one. A cricket will go from an egg to a larva or nymph, depending on cricket species. It will then proceed to go through a series of molts of about ten or more. Once it has finished molting it will then become a full-fledged adult cricket. Crickets will then take a little more time to mature before they start the mating cycle all over again.

Where The Common Little Cricket Loves to Hide

fallen log

The little cricket with its repertoire of tunes loves to hide anywhere that is safe for it. Crickets are fairly defenseless compared to other pest insect species. So what can the cricket do? It chooses to either flee, get aggressive or camouflage itself and hide underneath its favorite type of shelter.

You are most likely to find a few crickets in these particular areas depending on the species you are dealing with:

  • Leaf piles
  • Trees
  • Fallen logs
  • Tree bark
  • Inside curled up leaves of plants
  • Underneath stones
  • Underneath your home’s foundation or decking
  • In your garage around any dark, moist areas
  • In your attic around any areas that provide a crack or crevice for the cricket to hide in
  • In your basement
  • In tiny burrows in the ground

Are Crickets Dangerous Pests?

While many may not think much of these little creatures being disease-ridden, they do carry a few bacteria and parasites. Crickets can carry bacteria such as e. coli and salmonella. Cricket feces can carry a few types of parasite and coming into contact with any cricket feces can result in rashes, sores and other symptoms.
But the diseases aren’t the only damage they can do. These creatures love to eat anything that is vegetation or made of paper and fabric. This means a little cricket will have a feast with your curtains, books, furniture, carpet, and anything else it can get its little mandibles on.

Other than their ability to make you sick with foodborne illnesses, potential to infect with parasites and a penchant for eating your favorite coat or chair, these little insects are harmless. However, there are at least several species of cricket such as the common house cricket that will bite a human, so you will need to exercise some caution with certain species.

How a Cricket Can Enter into Your Home

Most species of cricket are tiny which means they love to hide in any crack or crevice they can sneak inside of. This means any crack in your windows, doors, exterior walls, attic, basement, garage, and so on are all invitations to the common cricket.

The reason they may seek your home for shelter is either out of defense against their natural predators or simply to get away from the cold or extreme heat. But don’t worry crickets are fairly easy to get rid of by either using a cricket trap or calling the local exterminator.

Here’s a nice video explaining a couple of ways on how to get rid of crickets:

The Benefits of Having a Few Crickets in Your Garden and Yard

Since crickets do eat aphids, decaying plant material, and other pests they can serve a purpose of sorts in your garden. While not beneficial in the home, crickets are great at taking on the role of garden guardians and are great diet supplements for chickens, exotic pets, and attracting your favorite bird species.

As long as they are outside your home they can even add to the ambiance of soothing sounds for those who live near rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps and heavily wooded areas.

Top 3 Ways to Make Your Own Homemade Cricket Trap

You can purchase a pre-made cricket trap or make your own. There are plenty of DIY cricket traps to choose from. Here are three of the best cricket traps to try in your home or garden.

1.) Catching crickets with newspaper

Mix any bland bread crumbs and granulated sugar together in equal amounts. Sprinkle the substance all along the areas where you found crickets. Cover this mixture with a single layer or piece of newspaper, and wait till early morning. Typically the best time is when you see fresh dew on the grass.

Take your jar and capture the well-fed crickets. Make sure the lid of the jar has small holes for the crickets to get fresh oxygen. You can then either feed those crickets to pets or simply move them to another place altogether.

2.) Using a leftover soda/water bottle

Cut the top off of the soda or water bottle. 2-liter bottles are preferred since they will allow more crickets to be caught. Invert the cut off top of the bottle and place it into the rest of the bottle. The spout of the bottle should be facing inward. Secure the parts together with a little tape. Sprinkle a bit of sugar into the bottom of the bottle.

Place the bottle on its side near places where you have found crickets. This cricket trap is great for both indoor and outdoor cricket infestations. In the morning, check all of your cricket traps and remove the crickets into a jar with a lid or container. Make sure the container or jar you are using to hold the crickets has small holes for the crickets to breath but not escape.

3.) Using an empty paper towel or toilet paper cardboard tube

paper towel tube

Add some sugar or bread crumbs into a cardboard tube. The longer the cardboard tube the more crickets you can catch. Set the tube near places where you have found crickets. Check the tubes in the morning and remove any crickets caught into either a jar or suitable cricket container. This is an effective cricket trap for windowsills and baseboards.

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Cricket Lifespan: All You Need to Know https://getridofcrickets.com/2018/08/16/cricket-lifespan-all-to-know/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:01:28 +0000 http://www.getridofcrickets.com/?p=35 Contents

The start of summer signals warm weather, beautiful sunny days, and no more hiding inside during the harshness of winter. But it also means the beginning of something not quite so pleasant – the onslaught of noisy, annoying crickets. They appear when the ground is dry and cracks, and this enables them to emerge and take flight. Yes, disturbingly, crickets can fly.

What Are Crickets?

cricket

There are a number of species of cricket, but the most common one is the black cricket.  Their lifespan depends a lot on the type of cricket, as some live longer than others. Mature crickets tend to lay their eggs in the falls, so they are protected from the nasty weather and temperatures, and they are ready to hatch and emerge in the spring.

Reproduction Habits of Crickets

The courting of the female cricket by the male can last anywhere from just a few minutes right up to several hours, and this depends largely on the type of cricket. The male performs a mating dance to woo the female, and after they have successfully mated, the female will lay her eggs. When the eggs hatch, the young crickets are called nymphs, and they go through a process of growing and molting their skin until they become adults. This normally takes a few weeks.

You can see all of this on this video:

Species of Crickets

There are three main species of cricket in the United States, and they are quite different from each other. The most common is the Field Cricket, which is black in color and sings prolifically during the nights of summer and into the early stages of fall. They blend in with the environment because of their color, so you may not always know they are around, apart from the noise they make. They can venture inside your home, but they don’t take up residence inside.

The House cricket doesn’t necessarily live up to its name. You would expect it to be an insect that lives in your house, but they are typically found outside. In fact, you are more likely to find a field cricket inside than a house cricket. These crickets love your house lights, and you will often find them hanging around your trash cans.

The third species is the Camel cricket, and these are quite different to the other two species. This is because they cannot make any noise, as they have no organs for producing sound. You will usually find camel crickets in damp or cool areas such as your basement. Because they are silent, the only way you would normally find them is if you actually went looking for them.

How Long Do Crickets Live?

If you have crickets around, you may wonder how long they live for. Perhaps you want to know the length of time you will have to put up with the chirping noise they make, which can be quite intrusive if there are lots of crickets. Or maybe you have a problem with them inside and you want them gone. There are a number of factors that affect the lifespan of the cricket, including the type of cricket, as mentioned above. Here are the other factors that affect how long the cricket can live.

Climate

If you are in a warmer part of the country, the average lifespan of a cricket is over a year. If you live in an area where there are definite changes of season, a good rule of thumb is that the cricket will live from the time they hatch in the spring until the first real freeze of winter.

Predators

american kestrel

There are a variety of animals that like to dine on crickets, especially birds. Even your pet cat will eat a cricket. So, if there are a lot of animals around, the cricket will be lucky to last a few weeks. Some may last a few months if they are lucky. However, crickets produce a lot of offspring, so there could be a continuous supply of crickets. Great for the predators to snack on, but it means you won’t get rid of the crickets straight away.

Habitat

Their habitat plays a major role in how long the crickets can live. Outdoors they are at the mercy of the weather, the climate, and the predators, so their life may be rather short. But, if they are kept inside, you remove these factors and captive crickets have been reported to live for almost two years.

Where Can You Find Crickets?

This depends a lot on the type of cricket, but there are a few common areas where they can usually be located.

Trash Cans

Field crickets and house crickets can often be found near trash cans or garbage dumps, as they supply a good amount of food for the crickets. They like to eat decaying material and dead insects, and these areas can provide plenty of food.

Dark and Cool Areas

You are more likely to find a camel cricket in dark and cool areas because they prefer the temperature. Not only is your basement a good place for these crickets to live, other areas such as caves or beneath logs also provide the required darkness and lower temperatures.

Fields and Yards

tall grass

Of course the field cricket is most likely to be found in a field or in your yard. They are true outdoor crickets, and they prefer to live amongst nature. Although these crickets may accidentally find their way inside your house, they will usually look for a way out, because they would rather be in the outdoors. House crickets are sometimes found along the road, dining on the garbage people have tossed out.

How Do You Get Rid of Crickets?

When someone wants to know how long crickets live, the majority of the time it is because they have some level of cricket infestation that they want to be rid of. It doesn’t have to be an indoor infestation either. Sometimes you just want the noise to stop! Here ae some ways to get rid of those annoying insects.

Dry Out Your Damp Areas

If you remove a lot of the moisture in the home, you will attract fewer crickets. They all need water, and the camel crickets will only live in damp areas. So, by getting rid of any excess water lying around, the crickets will leave.

Clean the Yard

Keep your lawn nice and short and get rid of any weeds in the garden. Also remove wood piles and compost heaps from the area of the house. By keeping your yard nice and clean, the crickets will have nowhere to hide and nothing to eat.

Insecticide

This is the ultimate method for getting rid of crickets, if you don’t mind using a poison. You can both target the cricket and spray it when you see it, or spray around the outside of your home and yard. Make sure you read the warning labels first to ensure the people in your home and your pets are safe.

Tips for Preventing Crickets

The first line of defense against crickets is always going to be prevention. This is much easier than trying to get rid of them once they have settled in. If you follow these tips, you will stop crickets from finding your property appealing.

Seal up Your Trash

Keep your garbage and trash bags locked away in a trash can with the lid attached firmly. Garbage and trash provide a smorgasbord of food for crickets so if you remove the food source, the crickets won’t come. If you don’t have a trash can, keep your garbage in a shed or garage so it isn’t exposed.

Fix Your Lighting

Crickets, especially the house and field crickets are very attracted to lights. If you have to have a light on your porch, choose one that has the lowest wattage possible, but will still give you enough light for what you need. The lower the lighting, the less attractive it is to the crickets. Better still, when you go to bed turn off all of your outside lights if you can. This includes solar lights, if this is possible.

Remove Yard Debris

If there is clutter about, there will be crickets because they like to hang around it, as it gives them shelter and protection from predators. Depending on the clutter it can also provide a food source for the crickets. If you have a wood pile, move it to the corner of the yard that is furthest away from your house. Not only will this keep the crickets at a distance, but a number of other creepy crawlies as well.

In Summary

How long crickets live can vary due to a number of different reasons, but the longest they will normally live is about a year. This may come as a relief to many people, as it means they won’t be around forever like other insects. Some may even find it a little sad, knowing that the song of the cricket will be short-lived. Either way, crickets can be annoying, and they can cause damage to your property, so if you want them gone, they are much easier to get rid of than other bugs.

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The Best Methods for Catching Crickets https://getridofcrickets.com/2018/08/09/best-way-to-catch-crickets/ Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:59:32 +0000 http://www.getridofcrickets.com/?p=29 Contents

What would a beautiful night be without a starry sky? What would you dram without the Moon looking down on you from high above? How could you sleep without the chirp of crickets in the background? Yes, because once you have put your children to bed and you relax on the patio with a cold drink, there is nothing better than feeling the fresh breeze caressing your cheeks, looking at the light of the Moon and the glimmer of the stars in the dark sky, and listening to the sounds of nature…

Ah, yes, the night sounds of nature: frogs, owls, the odd dog barking in the distance and, of course, crickets. Crickets? Yes, that’s fine. However, come to think of it, few people know what a cricket looks like… Of the animals we have mentioned, surely a child has seen all of them – bar one: the mysterious cricket! So, maybe you have decided to show what these little insects look like to your children? Maybe you just wish to catch a few to take them to class the day after? Well, well, catching a frog or a toad is quite simple; you just need to get hold of it when you see it. But how to catch a cricket is a bit more difficult. They are very, very shy animals that hardly ever break cover so that we can see them. In fact, most of us hear them quite often (if you live in the countryside), but many, many people have never even seen one.

What Do Crickets Look Like?

cricket on leaf

Well, some of you may think that they are green, basing your ideas on cartoons and comics. We all assume they are somewhat similar to grasshoppers; this is partly correct. True, they have very long legs like their relatives who jump around during the day in tall grass. They also have long feelers like them. They even have small wings which they can use to help them to hop very far. But unlike grasshoppers, most of them are very dark, usually with a long spike at the back of their abdomen, and, of course, they are nocturnal animals, which means that they live at night.

Moreover, crickets have teeth on their legs (up to an incredible 2,500 on each hind leg) which they scratch together to make their well known sound, correctly called a chirp, like that of birds. In fact, crickets do not actually make their famous chirp by singing, like other animals do; they do not use their mouth, but by creating vibrations with their legs. Moreover, they do not have ears; they use their feelers to perceive the sounds other crickets make, just like spiders use their legs to ‘hear’ sounds.

How Do Crickets Live?

cricket under rocks

These insects are quite widespread around the world; in fact, they can be found on almost every continent (not in Antartica, of course…); most of them like sheltered places as their ideal habitat; they tend to hide in tall grass, under rocks or in forests. Some crickets like to eat mainly decomposing matter, like rotting leaves, while others feed on fresh leaves and even small invertebrates. They also like sugary food, which will come in handy later on, when we will learn how to make traps to capture them.

They are famous for their sound, as we know, which is different from species to species, and which can change according to the weather; the warmer it is, the faster the vibration. In fact. There is a species which is commonly known as the Thermometer Cricket, because, by counting the frequency of its chirping, you can actually work out how hot (or cold it is). However, this is not the reason why they make their famous sounds. There is, in fact, a much more ‘romantic’ motivation; their chirp is mainly a mating song, although it is also used to keep other crickets (which could be seen as competitors) at a distance. Crickets like temperate climate; they prefer areas and seasons where nights are cold and where it does not get too hot during the day.

How to Catch Crickets

The best way to capture crickets is to place a trap with bait outside during the night. We will look at two different traps that you can build easily. Whichever you choose, remember that you will have to check it regularly, because there is only one way of catching crickets in the end, the humane way. Once you have captured them, even if you wished to move them away from your home (maybe you are not a fan of their chirping?), make sure you release them as early as possible and in a suitable place. Do not leave them in a crowded city,for example; take them somewhere where they can easily hide and eat.

So, are you ready? Here are two easy ways of catching crickets.

You can see how other people catch them here:

The Jar Trap for Catching Crickets

This is the first of our traps for catching crickets. All you will need is a newspaper, a jar, some bread, some sugar and the willpower to wake up early in the morning. On the other hand, if is very humane, because you will not keep the cricket(s) in captivity longer than it is necessary.

Ok, ready to start? Here it is…

To start with, get some bread crumbs; if you do not have any, just get some old dry bread and grate it with a cheese grater; you will not need much, just about two tablespoons. It is better if you choose normal white bread; avoid special bread, like poppyseed bread, rye bread, soy bread, chili bread (especially) and any other spiced bread. If it is spiced, the chances are that crickets will not like it (especially with chili, onion, garlic and herbs). Moreover, as we said, there are many species of crickets, so, to be on the safe side and make sure you get something they all like, normal bread is the best choice.

Next, get some sugar; white granulated sugar is perfect. You do not need anything fancy at all. A tablespoon or two will suffice.

Mix the bread and the sugar and place them outside on the newspaper. Make sure it is on the paper, as you will then need it to catch the crickets. Pierce some holes into the jar’s lid; make sure you do this, as the crickets will need to breathe when they are in captivity. Do it late at night, before going to bed and then just relax.

Set your alarm early; depending on the season and on where you live, the exact time may change. Try, however, to get up just before dawn, when the grass is still wet with dew. This is, in fact, the best time for catching crickets, as they will be very hungry after the night.

Now, approach the bait slowly and put a jar (with no lid) on the crickets that are feeding on the bait. With your hand, pick up the newspaper, using it as a temporary lid. Then, turn the jar upright and seal it with the pierced lid.

How to Catch Crickets with Plastic Bottles

plastic water bottle

Maybe you cannot wake up that early in the morning; maybe you just cannot approach the trap to catch crickets we described in the previous section very quietly (depending on where you live, where you put the trap etc.) So, what can you do? Do not worry; there are other ways that you can use to catch crickets, just bear with me.

Do you have a bog plastic bottle? A one litre bottle, or even a bigger one, like a water bottle or a fizzy drink bottle? Fine,  that can do! You will need it for this method to for catching the little insects. This will allow you to set the trap and go and collect it later in the morning; still, please do not keep them waiting in the trap for longer than it is strictly necessary.

First of all prepare the bait; you can use the same as for the previous trap to catch crickets: sugar and plain white bread crumbs; again, a spoonful of the former and one or two of the latter will do. Remember not to use spiced bread, as many animals do not like it (especially with chili peppers, onions, garlic and herbs, remember?)

Ok, look at your bottle now; just under the neck, say about an inch under the end of the neck, where it becomes a perfect cylinder, cut it horizontally. Next, put the bait in the bottom of your bottle. Finally, remove the top and put the upper part of the bottle upside down, so that it forms a funnel, back into the base of the bottle. Fix it with sellotape if it is unstable, keeping the opening clear.

Next, place it where crickets can reach; near trees, tall grass, or a pile of rocks; make sure they can get in. Again, wait till it is dark to place your trap in a convenient place and wait for it to catch crickets.

Finally…

Here we are; you have now seen how you can catch crickets with two simple, effective and, let us be honest, very cheap traps. As we said, there are many species of crickets, so, whichever you find inside, maybe do some research about it; take pictures and look it up in dictionaries and books, but, above all, release them as soon as possible in a place where they can go on with their life happily and safely.

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DIY Cricket Repellents – And Some Others https://getridofcrickets.com/2018/08/03/diy-cricket-repellent-and-others/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:22:50 +0000 http://www.getridofcrickets.com/?p=21 Contents

Crickets may not seem such a big deal, and this is true if you only have a few in your garden. But when you have a full-on infestation, you will soon change your mind, especially if they make their way inside your home. In large numbers crickets can be very destructive, eating anything from your garden plants to your clothing, wallpaper, carpet and wooden materials. At certain times of the year, when the conditions are just right, crickets can invade your home in the hundreds, creating a plague of noisy, black creatures that not only jump but fly.

Many people are frightened of crickets, and it’s not really that surprising when you see them. The most common is the black cricket, which will often hide beneath things during the sunlight hours and come out to feed and socialize at night. So how do you get rid of these noisy, chirping pests without chemicals and poisons? Read on to find out how easy it is to make natural repellents.

Chilli Spray

The good thing about chilli spray is that it can be used inside as well as outside without causing any damage to your property. The best mixture is half a cup of fresh chilli peppers blended with two cups of water. It’s a good idea to strain the mixture before putting it into a spray bottle so you don’t have any lumps to block the nozzle. You can use two tablespoons of Tabasco sauce instead if you don’t access to fresh chilli peppers.  Spray all of the areas where you think the crickets are gaining entry to your home. Look for any cracks, garage or basement areas. Also spray beneath the doors where they may be crawling through. Outdoors, spray it around the ground and the buildings but try not to spray the plants in case it damages them, especially if it is sunny out.

Molasses Trap

A molasses trap is an effective way of trapping crickets as they are attracted to the sweetness of the molasses. Mix a few tablespoons of molasses with about half a jar of water, enough so that the mixture doesn’t become too thick. Then place the jar outside where you have noticed crickets hiding. When the crickets go to drink the mixture, they will fall in and drown.

Additionally, check out this video as a guide:

Nitrogen Fixing Plants

clover

These types of plants repel crickets naturally because the nitrogen they put into the soil irritates the crickets. Good nitrogen fixing plants include sweet potatoes and clover.

Garlic Barrier

Creating a garlic barrier is a really good way to repel crickets, and it is a totally natural method. You can purchase a garlic barrier spray, which is a natural pesticide, or you could make your own. Simply mix together several crushed cloves of garlic with some water or alcohol and let it steep for a few days. Then spray it in any areas where you want to keep the crickets away from.

Newspaper Trap

For this trap you will need to use bait, such as a mixture of breadcrumbs and sugar. This method is much more suitable for outdoors though otherwise you may attract other insects into your home. At night time, sprinkle the breadcrumb and sugar mixture on the ground where you have noticed crickets before. Then lay a single piece of newspaper over the top and leave it until morning. You need to get up early before the dew dries and check the trap. By then the crickets will be full on the bait and unable to hop away, so scoop them up with a container and seal it. You then need to dispose of them or kill them.

Beer Bottle Trap

The bait in this trap is of course the beer. After drinking a beer, leave a little in the bottom of the bottle and lay it down on its side outside. This will work well if you put the bottle in an area where you have seen crickets previously. The crickets will be lured in by the smell of the beer, and once they have crawled into the bottle and enjoyed the beer, they will find it very hard to crawl back out.

Soapy Water

As with many other insects, crickets also do not like soapy water. When it is sprayed on them, it seeps into their skin which causes some discomfort, so they will stay away in future.

Natural Predators

lizards

Everything has a natural predator, and this includes crickets. The main predators that enjoy feasting on crickets are birds, spiders and lizards. If you can, encourage these creatures into your yard (but probably not into your house!) to help get rid of your cricket population. You could try planting more shrubs and bushes to help entice the predators into looking at what you have on offer in regards to delicious tasting crickets.

Diatomaceous Earth

Another popular natural insect repellent, diatomaceous earth is a powder that can be used inside and outside the home. It works by scratching the skin or exoskeleton of insects which causes them to dehydrate and die. All you have to do is sprinkle the powder in areas where crickets are gaining entry to your home or around your garden if you want to keep them away completely. It is totally safe for humans and pets, but lethal to insects.

Dry it Out

Crickets love moisture, and they need it to survive. So, if you take away a lot of the wet or damp areas around your home, you will get rid of the crickets. Take note of areas where there may be some dampness, such as in the basement, crawl space or attic. Wherever it is dark and moist. Then you can either repair whatever is causing the moisture if it is a leak, or install a dehumidifier to dry the area out. No moisture equals no crickets.

Cornmeal and Borax Poison

Although this poisons crickets, it is still a natural remedy. Mix together two cups of cornmeal and two teaspoons of borax. Place a little of the mixture into a really shallow dish, such as a saucer. Then place the dish near the cricket entrances and wait. The crickets will be attracted by the cornmeal and killed by the borax. Continue to replace the mixture each week until you no longer see any crickets.

Beer and Borax Poison

Another great method is to mix one cup of beer with one teaspoon of borax. Stir it together to make sure the borax dissolves. Add a little to a shallow dish and place it around the home where crickets have been seen. When the crickets, that like beer, come into contact with the liquid, they die almost immediately. Make sure you check the dishes regularly and remove any dead bodies; otherwise these will serve as a warning to other crickets.

Lighting Adjustments

led light bulb

Crickets, like almost all other insects, are greatly attracted to light that is bright and white. To keep crickets away from your home, consider replacing the light bulbs in your porch or backyard lights. If you install a light that is amber colored, or an LED light, the crickets won’t be attracted and you will keep them out of your home. Even better, unless you absolutely have to have the outside lights on, keep them turned off.

Bio-Control

Using insects to repel other insects, or bio-control, is becoming increasingly popular as a method of getting rid of a number of pests. To keep crickets away, you could use plants that attract the larra wasp, a predator that will feed on the crickets and get rid of them effectively.

Essential Oils

There are a number of essential oils that act as a natural repellent for crickets. These include rosemary, sage and thyme, but the most effective oil is eugenol, which is derived from cloves. If you have located where the crickets are coming from, or congregating, spray this oil directly onto the insects and they will die. You can also spray it in areas where you think the crickets are hiding, paying particular attention to any cracks or crevices that may be present.

Live Traps

You may wonder why someone would want to trap the crickets alive, but they can have their uses, especially if you like fishing for example, as they make great bait. Or, if you have pets such as lizards or snakes, crickets are a fabulous snack. To catch a lot of crickets, place some lettuce and some kind of light source into a small container and leave it slightly open overnight. By morning you should have a good collection of crickets ready for disposal.

Landscaping

Remember that crickets are always on the lookout for food, shelter and moisture, so by removing these items as much as you can, you will repel the crickets. Keep all the grass and any foliage around your home cut, and remove any ground cover plants such as ivy. Make sure to keep your yard tidy and free from materials like old wood, bricks and rocks. If they have nowhere to hide, they will go somewhere else.

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All You Need to Know About Crickets https://getridofcrickets.com/2018/08/02/all-to-know-about-crickets/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 10:59:43 +0000 http://www.getridofcrickets.com/?p=13 Contents

Are you lying in bed at night, with your window open to a starry sky, with the breeze coming through to stroke your cheeks and, like in a romantic novel, what you find most soothing, most calming and most congenial to sleep and sweet dreams is the ‘lullaby of nature’? Then you know what I am talking about: the sweet song of crickets of course! Technically called a “chirp”, this inimitable and unmistakable sound is often the only thing many people know of these tiny animals.

A Shy Insect

cricket

In fact, it is fairly hard to actually see a cricket; maybe because they are nocturnal beings, or because they hide in tall grass or under rocks, most people have never spotted one of these shy insects with their own eyes. Although nature has blessed us with more than an incredible 900 species of crickets (these are at least those known to humans, but with parts of the world still to be explored, like Papua New Guinea, and with insects being the species more frequently discovered by researchers and explorers, we may as well assume that one day this count will cross the one thousand mark), most of these animals of the Gryllidae family display similar physical features.

To start with, they are fairly small; depending on the exact species, they vary from 3 millimetres to 5 centimetres in length. Their hind legs are long and strong, a bit like those of grasshoppers (to whom they are related) and they have feet with three joints. This is because they serve the same functions as those of their diurnal relatives: they are designed for jumping. Hold yourself tight now… a cricket can jump as far as 3 feet! That’s the same as if a man could jump more than 50 yards! Not bad for a small and unassuming athlete…

Where and How Do Crickets Live?

tall grass

Once upon a time, people used to be much more accustomed to the chirp of crickets; this is because urbanisation and intensive and chemical farming have destroyed their natural habitat. Unless you live in the countryside, the chances are that your nights will not be blessed by their fabulous song. So, where do crickets live? They prefer places where they can hide from predators, like prairies with tall grass, wild meadows, mulch piles, piles of logs and even of rocks. However, as we will see later, some of them live in trees. They are animals that like to be heard, but do not like to be seen.

In order to hide and camouflage, they have unassuming colors, ranging from brownish to near black. However, if you have the chance to see one close by, you will see beautiful patterns on some of them. Their diet is very varied, in fact, unlike grasshoppers, that are herbivores, crickets are omnivorous insects. They will eat rotting leaves, fruits and vegetables, but also small insects and invertebrates. But if they could tell you which one is their favorite food, they would say, “Carrot peels, for sure!” So, if for some reason you want to attract one of these animals, maybe to show crickets to your children, you can do it by leaving what is for them a real delicacy next to tall grass, a pile of rocks or mulch etc. Remember that crickets will not venture very far from their safe haven, so it is no use putting carrot peels in the middle of a a large patch of barren and sandy ground.

Here’s a handy video explaining how crickets can enter people’s homes:

Crickets: from Music to Literature

Crickets, since the times of Collodi, the author of the famous children story Pinocchio, have been associated with wisdom. This has been then taken up by movies etc. and it is now part of the collective imagination. The English language has some interesting idioms with the word “cricket” (meaning the animal), which may give you an idea of how this elusive insect has become part of our culture. These include “cricket on the hearth” (a symbol of good luck, from the homonymous novella by the great Charle Dickens) and “merry as a cricket” (maybe because they sing all the time?).

Well, it is obvious that such an original, mysterious and interesting animal should have caught the interest of writers, readers and children all over the world. The Dickensian story was even turned into opera by Alexander Mackenzie. Ah, talking about music… How do crickets make that amazing sound? This is the question you have wanted to ask from the beginning of the article, I am sure…

To start with, if you thought they were actually singing you are mistaken. Crickets, from what we know, make no sounds with their mouths and have no vocal chords like us.  Instead, the majority of crickets produce their chirp with their forewings. Yes, because they have what can be described as teeth on their forewings, and an amazing 50 to 250 of them in each row, and they scrape them together very fast to make that unmistakable sound… When we say very fast, we mean incredibly fast indeed, with a frequency between 1,500 to 10,000 cycles(!!!) per second! Not per hour, not per minute either, but per second… Not only, but the warmer it gets, the faster they go. Ironically, bigger crickets use slower frequencies than smaller ones. In the end, we have all seen how small animals can be as fast as lightning…

And if you thought that they could actually hear their chirps, you would be mistaken as well… “Hold on,” you may say, “why do they sing if they cannot hear it?” The reality is that they perceive the sounds, in the form of vibrations, not with ears, but with their forelegs, which they use as receptors, a bit as spiders do.

But why do they chirp all the time? Well, as with most things, it has to do with love. Crickets make this vibrant sound to attract companions and keep away competitors. It is a bit like peacocks and their beautiful tails…

Some Strange Facts

Did you know that young crickets are called nymphs and that they shed their skin like snakes, i.e. they molt? If you didn’t, now you do.

Having said all this, let’s look at so,e of the most common cricket species in detail…

The Field Cricket

This is possibly the most known and common cricket species in Europe and North America. With the scientific name of Acheta, but also Gryllus assimilis and others, this term refers to a group of species found in fields in these regions of the planet. They are called so because they live in tall grass fields and prairies. They prefer very mild to warm weather, so, do not expect them in cold places, or places where the temperature changes too much and too fast, because that would hamper their life cycle; in fact, the ideal temperature is between 27 and 32 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for them to reach sexual maturity and reproduce.

They feed on vegetables and small insects and invertebrates (both live and dead) and they are known to eat grasshopper eggs. Sometimes, if it becomes too cold outside, they can pack up and move into structures built by humans, like barns, sheds etc.

The Mormon Cricket

When we said that crickets are not usually colorful, we did not include this species; in fact, they have shields (which cover wings in insects like ladybirds, cockroaches, beetles etc.) that can be black, green, red or purple and their abdomens are striped. This renders them much more visible than most other crickets.

They are native of North America and take their common name from Mormon settlements in the State of Utah, though their scientific name is Anabrus simplex.it is also a giant cricket as it can grow to be an amazing 8 cm (2.5 inches) long in some cases. This makes it one of the most original, unusual crickets on Earth. They feed on alfalfa and sagebrush in particular, rather than insects and decomposing matter like most other crickets.

They are famous for being playing an  important role in Mormon history (as their name suggests) because in 1848 they were part of the Miracle of the Gulls, when these birds saved lots of Mormon crops by eating up all the insects (including these crickets, as gulls are their primary predators.

The Jerusalem Cricket

This is yet another famous and peculiar species, because its head resembles that of a human being! Yes, you heard that right! In fact, if you look at it, you can spot eyes, a mouth etc. It is also different from other crickets because its head is very clearly separated from the rest of the body. It has a striped black and brownish-yellow abdomen, which is quite rounded and brown-reddish head and legs.

Unlike other crickets, Jerusalem Crickets sometimes bite! That too sets them apart from their relatives. It is not actually one species, but many, all called Stenopelmatus. They live in Mexico and in the States, and they have strong mandibles, as you might have guessed, which they use to dig holes in the ground, because they mainly feed on tubers. They are certainly a very odd species indeed.

The Snowy Tree Cricket

snowy tree cricket

This species is very, very interesting indeed. Its Latin name is Oecanthus fultoni and it is quite special. In fact, it is commonly known as the Thermometer Cricket. Why? Because if you count the number of its chirps every 15 seconds and you add 40 you get the temperature of the place in Fahrenheit. It is slightly different from other crickets because it is of light green color and has a very particular shape, with a narrow head and a large abdomen rounded at the back..

The House Cricket

This is the only cricket that easily adapts to living inside people’s homes and can, if you do not like their presence, become a nuisance. However, if  you live in the States or in Europe, you are unlikely to have met this insect, whose Latin name is Acheta domesticus, because it is original of South East Asia. It is, interestingly, even kept as a pet in China and Japan. It is a small animal (it gets to about 2 cm long) of a light brownish color and males and females look similar (though males grow to be bigger).

It also has an important function in the pet industry, because it is used as an insect to feed to small animals. Once upon a time, it was also bred in North America and in Europe for this purpose; however, in 2002 it was discovered that it carried a virus, known by the ominous name of cricket paralysis virus. Since then, it has been eradicated in the West.

On the contrary, in Eastern countries, it is even used as food for humans; in China and nearby countries, this cricket is famously cooked, either roasted or deep fried, to be then served in restaurants as a delicacy…

Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the varied and amazing world of crickets. These amazing animals have some characteristics which set them apart form so many other insects, first and foremost their ability to ‘sing’ or, to be more correct, to chirp. There are crickets that dig holes to eat roots and even bite, others that are used as pet food, others that can be used to measure the temperature of the place you are in and even some that have been major actors in a miracle. For sure, after reading this article you will agree that there is much mire to a cricket than meets the eye!

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