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Field crickets are a larger cricket species with adults growing to between  1/2 to 1 inch in length. Adults are winged and are dark brown or black; they use their large hind legs jumping.

Biology and Behavior

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  • Male field crickets use their wings to create a shrill, high-pitched chirping sound.

  • Field crickets scavenge for plants and other insects to feed on; they do not cause enough damage to plants to be considered a garden pest.

  • They live underneath mulch, rocks, woodpiles, and other objects that provide a damp, dark environment.

  • Inside homes, field crickets will seek shelter in damp, dark areas like basements, under sinks, in crawl spaces, and other like areas.

  • Field crickets are attracted to lights and can be seen on sidewalks or pavement under street lights or gathered on decks and porches attracted to outdoor lighting.

  • These crickets are typically found living outdoors but may enter buildings in large numbers to seek warmth. 

  • Inside, field crickets may cause damage to fabrics, paper, and other personal belongings.  

Field Cricket Prevention Tips

  • Seal all cracks and crevices found in your home's foundation. 

  • Install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors.

  • Make sure that vents are secure and have tight-fitting covers.

  • Place woodpiles a distance away from the exterior of your home.

  • Keep clutter to a minimum inside your home so that an infestation can be easily found and eliminated.

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