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
- 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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