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Crickets (Field Cricket)
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Crickets (Field Cricket)

Crickets (Field Cricket)

Description:

  • Color: Typically black but can be brown or straw-colored.
  • Size: 1/2 to 1 1/8 inch long.
  • Stout body with large “jumping” hind legs characteristic of crickets.
  • Slender antennae much longer than the body.
  • Wings on adults lay flat on the back and are bent down on the sides.
  • Adult females have a long slender, tube-like structure (ovipositor) projecting from their abdomen which they use to lay eggs.
  • Nymphs look like adults but are smaller, and the wings are not fully developed.

Field Cricket Habits:

  • Typically overwinter as eggs that have been laid in moist, firm soil or occasionally as nymphs.
  • Females lay 150-400 eggs which hatch in the spring.
  • Developmental time (egg to adult): about 78-90 days.
  • There can be several generations per year.
  • They are unable to survive indoors for long periods and usually die off by winter.
  • They are active at night and hide in dark warm places during the day.
  • They are attracted to lights, often by the thousands.

Damage Caused by Field Crickets:

  • As agricultural pests as well as household problems in late summer when they move out of fields and into buildings.
  • May chew furniture, rugs, and clothing.
  • Chirping of adult males is irritating to some individuals.

Look for:

  • Moist harborages, e.g. wood piles, landscape timbers, stones, rocks, etc.
  • Droppings which look like large pieces of pepper.
  • Damage to materials inside the home.

How to Control and Kill Field Crickets:

  • Moist harborages, such as wood piles, landscape timbers, stones, rocks, etc., should be removed.
  • The yard should be frequently mowed, weeds should be kept to a minimum, and flower beds should not be over mulched.
  • Entry into buildings should be prevented by sealing and caulking gaps around siding, windows, doors, pipes, wires, etc.
  • Yellow bug-lights or sodium vapor lighting should be used outside to avoid attracting crickets to doors or windows.
  • A vacuum should be used to remove accessible crickets.

Innovative Pest Management serves the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland area. Call us at (240) 755-0077 to schedule a free quote or appointment.