What’s worse than an insect that crawls?
An insect that jumps and flies, like a cricket. Depending on how you love nature sounds, the tell-tale chirps of crickets may either relax you or irritate you.
According to Britannica, a cricket is any of about 2,400 species of leaping insects found around the world. They are known for their chirp produced by male crickets. They produce this sound by rubbing one forewing against another.
Unbeknownst to humans, they produce three kinds of “songs”: the calling song (to attract females); the mating song; the fighting song (to scare off other males).
Crickets can be as small as less than an inch to two inches. Their antennae are thin. Their hind legs are for jumping. Their hind wings are for flying.
Asian superstition believes that crickets bring intelligence and good fortune. Harming a cricket supposedly brings bad luck.
Cricket infestation is another matter. House and field crickets can do a lot of damage: they may feed on plants, animals, and clothes. (They also practice cannibalism and may feed on each other.)
Crickets in California
Out of 2,400 species of leaping insects around the world in which crickets are one, 100 species of crickets are found in the United States of America. Out of these 100 species of crickets in the USA, three species are commonly found in California:
The house cricket
They are almost an inch long and are yellowish-brown. They have three dark lines or bands on their heads and have wings.
The field cricket
They are bigger than an inch and are black. They love moist spots like mulch and between stones.
The camel crickets
They are about as long as the field cricket (over an inch) and are brown. They have rounded backs and have no wings.
For purposes of this discussion, we shall focus on the house and field crickets, which may be looking at the light inside your home right now, waiting for a chance to get in.
As with other insects, once you see one cricket, it means there are more of them in your area or your home. Do not ignore the possibility of a cricket infestation in your home.
How Crickets Can Be a Nuisance (And Even Harm You)
Crickets feed on young plants and flowers. Once their population explodes, this can become destructive; especially if you plant vegetables, fruits, and other plant-food.
Crickets lay their eggs in loose soil found in your backyard, garden, or even pots. So if you do not practice or call for proper cricket pest control, you may not be stopping a possible cricket infestation. One female can lay 150 to 400 eggs.
We mentioned earlier that crickets feed on animals. If you worry about your pets, know that what cricket infestation can do to them is to irritate them and cause them stress (Imagine a swarm of crickets around your tiny poodle. No way!).
Crickets can seriously affect our sleep patterns because of their chirping. Not only do they chirp all night (some also chirp all day), but it can get really, really loud. This is not good for your immune system.
A cricket infestation also means their big population in your home can leave a nigh volume of excrement which can then affect your home’s sanitation and hygiene. This may trigger allergic reactions in sensitive household members.
Crickets may attract other animals and insects who prey on them into your home — from spiders to raccoons to ants to rats — which may then lead to infestations of other types of pests.
It will be one problem on top of another if cricket pest control is not done early and properly. A professional cricket extermination service would be the best option.
They know where to look, what to check, and can make sure that none of the noisy cloth-and-paper-eating critters are left behind to lay eggs only to grow their population again. (Or else, the cycle will never end.)
Cricket Pest Control and What You Can Do
Once you have seen the first cricket inside your house, you can do the following:
1. Minimize light during the evenings since light is what attracts them to your home. Some say switching from white to yellow light works. It’s worth a try.
2. If you have mulch in your garden, keep it at two inches deep or less. This disables the mulch from retaining the moisture that cricket eggs need to survive.
3. Vacuum in and around your home regularly to suck out all their eggs, especially the cracks where they most likely hide.
4. Reduce moist areas in and around your house, or make sure your ventilation is enough to keep the house and its surroundings dry.
5. Seal possible points of entry — holes in your window screens, above or under your door, in your ceiling, and anywhere they may possibly enter.
A Final Word About Crickets
Let’s face it: in Northern California where the climate is described as a “wet temperate rainforest,” dealing with cricket infestation really does require the services of professional cricket exterminator or cricket pest control company.
They would know how to inspect your property properly. They will then identify how the crickets get into your house and property. Then they can prescribe and administer the proper treatment so that cricket infestation control is properly and completely done.
If you are not yet convinced, listen to these crickets and imagine an infestation of them in your home. Remember, one female can lay 150 to 400 eggs.
And these are not Jiminy Cricket!