We’ve all been through this scenario before. You are relaxing in your living room or just about to fall asleep when a chirping breaks the silence.
At first you try to ignore the sound, but the constant chirping finally gets to you. Then the fun starts, and you start looking for the source of that sound, the cricket.
So here are some fun tidbits to remember the next time you are on the hunt for that cricket.
*The most common invaders are the field cricket, and the cave and camel cricket.
*The male cricket is the only one that chirps. Most people think crickets chirp by rubbing their legs together. In fact, he rubs one wing over the other. Running the top of one wing, which has an edge with serration, much like a comb, over the other, creates the chirping sound.
*Males have four different chirps or songs. A calling song, which is fairly loud, that attracts females and repels other males. The courting song, used when a female cricket is near and is very quiet. An aggressive song when another male cricket is near and a copulatory song.
*Crickets have tympanic membranes located below the middle joint of each front leg. This is how they hear other crickets.
*In other countries crickets are popular as pets. In some countries the cricket is considered a sign of good luck.
*Various species of crickets are a part of people’s diets in some countries and are considered a delicacy.
*There are about 900 species of crickets, they are usually brown or black, are nocturnal and are related to the grasshopper and katydids.
*The cricket has been used as a character in movies and books and in the entertainment and music industry.
*Crickets are scavengers who feed on organic material, which includes decaying plant material, fungi and plants. They will feed on each other when no other source of food is available. They have relatively powerful jaws and some species will bite humans.
So happy hunting and if you get overrun, give our office a call at 800-966-9599 and we will try to eliminate those pesky crickets.
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