Crickets

Crickets

Quick Facts About Crickets
• Known for their loud chirping that is produced when the males rub their front wings together in an effort to attract the females
• Originally from Europe
• Can be found throughout the United States, but typically east of the Rockies

What does a Cricket look like?
• Yellowish brown with three dark cross bands on the head
• ¾” to 7/8” long
• 6 legs
• Antennae
• Wings lie flat on its back

What do Crickets eat?
• Outside, crickets feed on plants and insects (either alive or dead) including other crickets
• Inside homes, fabric including clothing and carpets (wool, cotton, silk)
• Clothing or fabric soiled with perspiration is especially inviting to crickets

Where do Crickets live?
• They are drawn to warm, moist environments inside homes
• Especially fond of garbage dumps
• Often attracted to electric light and may be found in large numbers congregated on vertical surfaces such as light poles and house walls

Are Crickets dangerous?
• Crickets do not usually pose a health risk to humans
• Can do damage to property, especially clothing and carpeting

How can I prevent a Cricket infestation?
• Reduce moisture in and around your home
• Mow the lawn
• Weed plant beds
• Move woodpiles away from the home
• Ensure proper ventilation to crawl spaces
• Change outdoor lighting to less attractive yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps
• Seal all possible entry points with a silicone-based caulk

How do I get rid of Crickets?
• Vacuums can be an effective way to eliminate small quantities of crickets and their eggs.
• If you suspect an infestation, it is recommended that you contact a licensed pest control specialist. Please call DKS Pest Control at (724) 478-5344.

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