While the sound of crickets chirping on a late summer evening in Georgia and Tennessee is relaxing for some, the sound of those same crickets making a racket inside your home is a completely different matter. Though some countries keep them as pets (and even eat them!), many people in the U.S. consider crickets to be a nuisance pest. Keep your eyes – and ears – open for these three types of crickets that could invade your home.
What types of crickets are considered pests in Georgia?
There are three types of crickets that are considered pests in the Southeast: the field cricket, the house cricket, and the camel cricket.
Field Cricket – As their name suggests, they are often found in fields and can cause a lot of damage to field and vegetable crops. Field crickets feed on a broad range of items, from seeds and plants to other insects. Depending on the species, they can be red, brown, or black in color. These crickets range in length from 1/2 to 1 1/8 of an inch and have thin antennae that are much longer than their bodies. Both males and females have cerci (feelers) that come off of the rear of their abdomens. However, only males have the ability to “chirp.”
House Cricket – If you have house crickets in your home, it won’t be a secret for long. They make a distinctive loud chirping sound by rubbing their forewings together. House crickets range from 3/4 to 7/8 of an inch in length, are yellowish-brown in color, and have three dark stripes on their heads. Though the species is actually native to Southwestern Asia, populations have now spread all over the world. House crickets are nocturnal; during the day, they can be found inside or outside of homes, hiding in dark, warm places. At night, they come out to feed on fabrics, plants, and other insects.
Camel Cricket – Camel crickets do not have wings and do not chirp. They are light to dark brown in color and can be mottled with some dark banding. Camel crickets can grow up to 2 inches in length, and have a “humpbacked” appearance, similar to a camel hump, which is where they get their name. Sometimes called “cave crickets,” they are typically found in damp, cool environments such as:
- Cellars and basements
- Underneath decks
- Mulch and wood piles
- Inside drainage pipes
Do crickets cause damage?
Yes, crickets can cause damage to your home or property. Though they are harmless to humans, depending on the species, they can cause significant damage to crops and other plants. Inside of homes they can damage house plants, carpets, wallpaper, furniture coverings, and curtains by chewing on and through them.
Why are crickets considered occasional invaders?
Crickets are considered occasional invaders because, while they can survive for a little while indoors, they have trouble finding the food and water sources they need to thrive. They prefer to live outdoors and generally will only move indoors when the weather become too severe for them to live comfortably, or by accidentally entering through gaps or holes as they are searching for food. In Georgia and the Southeast, crickets are most often spotted indoors during the late fall season.
Can Allgood Pest Solutions help me get rid of crickets?
Yes, Allgood can help you get rid of a cricket problem. Our year-round residential pest control plans can help to control and eliminate crickets and other house-invading pests. If you are experiencing problems with crickets, contact the professionals at Allgood Pest Solutions today.