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House Cricket

Category

Actual Size: ¾ – 1″

Characteristics: Light yellowish-brown in color, with three dark bands on the head.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, but rarely fly. Males rub their wings together to create the characteristic chirping noise.

Habitat: Usually lives in piles of leaves, rocks, wood, compost, and more.

Habits:

  • Chirp more frequently when the weather gets warmer.
  • Hear with their legs, possessing auditory organs located on their lower forelegs.
  • Known for their loud chirping which is caused when males rub their front wings together to attract females.

House Crickets in Salina

It’s believed that house crickets were introduced into the United States in the 18th century. They’re now found all over the country, including here in Salina. House crickets are nocturnal and omnivorous, feeding readily on a variety of foods. They are particularly attracted to fermented beverages such as beer or sweetened vinegar.

House Cricket Habitat

During warm weather, the house cricket lives outdoors in piles of debris, rocks, firewood, and lumber. House crickets are drawn to warm moist environments, and as temperatures cool down in the fall, they seek food and shelter within homes and structures. They may also be seen in compost bins and garbage dumps during the winter, as well as in sheds and other shelters. House crickets are nocturnal. Homeowners are often alerted to their presence by the familiar chirping made by males. This chirping is part of their mating ritual as males rub their front legs together to create the sound to attract females.

House Cricket Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

House crickets do not bite or spread disease. However, they can become a nuisance inside homes as they can damage clothing, carpets, and areas covered in fabric. Crickets are attracted to warmth, so they are often present near the fireplace, kitchen, furnace, water heater, and basement. House crickets conceal themselves in cracks, behind baseboards, and may even burrow into the mortar of walls. The house cricket is especially destructive to silk and woolens.

If you have a house cricket infestation in your Salina property, contact your local pest control experts.

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