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Crickets (House Cricket)
Crickets (House Cricket)

Crickets (House Cricket)


  • Color: yellow-brown or straw-colored with three dark band across the top of the head.
  • Size: 3/4 to 7/8 inch long.
  • Long, slender antennae are much longer than the body.
  • Wings on adult crickets 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 the adults but are smaller with less developed wings.

  • Outdoors: females lay an average of 728 eggs in protected areas; eggs are the overwintering stage and hatch in late spring; nymphs reach the adult stage by late summer; and there is only one generation per year.
  • Indoors: females lay approximately 104 eggs in cracks, crevices, and other dark areas including behind baseboards; nymphs complete development within 53-56 days; and they can complete their life cycle indoors and live indefinitely within homes.
  • They seldom are a major problem in houses since they prefer to live outside during warm weather.
  • Crickets can be introduced unintentionally into structures when they are brought in as food for pet snakes or other animals but escape.
  • They are active at night and hide in dark warm places during the day.
  • They are attracted to lights, often by the thousands.

Damage From House Crickets:

  • House crickets move indoors when it gets colder and to find moisture.
  • To clothing and fabrics including synthetics; large holes in fabrics compared to the smaller holes caused by common fabric pests.
  • Chirping noise of males can be annoying.

Look for:

  • Droppings which look like large pieces of pepper.
  • Damage to materials inside the home.

How to Control and Kill House Crickets:

  • Moist harborages, e.g.wood piles, landscape timbers, stones, rocks, etc., should be removed.
  • The yard should be mowed frequently and the weeds kept to a minimum; flower beds should not be over-mulched.
  • Entry into homes 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.