Crickets

Crickets: Facts, Identification & Control

Appearance:

Adults about 3/4-inch long with three dark bands on the head & thin antennae. Body is yellowish-brown.


Habit:

Active at night.
Attracted to lights.

Diet:

Omnivorous; eat almost anything available.

Reproduction:

Closely related to cockroach reproduction.

Crickets Facts:

House crickets measure between 3/4 & 7/8-inch in length.
They are light, yellowish-brown in color & exhibit three dark bands atop their heads.
Field crickets are brown or black in color & can grow to measure more than one inch in length.
Ground crickets are brown & much smaller than other common cricket species.

Held flat against the body, a cricket's wings cover at least half of the abdomen.
However, some species are wingless.
The cricket's antennae are approximately half the length of the head & abdomen combined.
Females feature a long ovipositor in the rear, which is used to lay eggs within the soil, & both sexes have segmented, tail-like appendages known as cerci.
Young crickets appear similar to adults, although their wings are underdeveloped.
Crickets dwell beneath rocks & logs & are nocturnal in nature. They are omnivorous scavengers & renew soil minerals by breaking down plant materials.
Crickets also provide food for other animals, including birds, rodents & lizards.
However, they are a destructive presence in agricultural communities, as they feed on crops & seedlings.
When mating, male crickets create sound by rubbing their forewings against each other. Their songs can identify cricket species.
These sounds can prove troublesome at night, when they are often loud enough to interrupt sleep.