What types of crickets are considered pests in the Southeast?
There are three types of crickets that are considered to be 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. They range in length from 1/2 - 1 1/8ths 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 abdomen.
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. They are yellowish-brown in color and have three dark stripes on their head. House crickets are nocturnal and during the day can be found outside or inside 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 mottle with some dark banding. Camel crickets have a “humpbacked” appearance, similar to a camel hump, which is where they get their name from. They are typically found underneath of homes, sheds, decks, mulch piles, wood piles, and in drainage pipes.
Do crickets cause damage?
Yes, crickets can cause damage. 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 to be occasional invaders because while they can survive indoors they don’t survive well or breed when inside. 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.
Can Allgood 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.