What are crickets?
There are thought to be around 900 species of true crickets belonging to the “Gryllidae” family. These crickets tend to be nocturnal and are generally characterized by slightly flattened looking, light brown to dark brown colored bodies and long antennae.
Throughout the region you may refer to them more commonly as the “field cricket”.
Like all insects, their bodies are protected by an exoskeleton, which is a tough outer casing or shell. Possibly the most memorable characteristic of the cricket is its long hind legs which, as well as being used to jump, are used for communication. Only the male cricket can “chirp” and does so by rubbing its hind legs against a forewing with between 50 to 300 ribs on it.
Why do I have them?
When the outside air temperature begins to drop, crickets begin to look for a place to shelter from the winter weather and it’s then that you’ll find them moving into buildings and properties where they have everything they require: food, warmth, moisture and shelter.
They are scavengers and their diet consists primarily of organic materials and may also include decaying plant matter and small seedlings. Once they begin to occupy a property, they may damage clothing, fabric (cotton, wool, silk, & synthetic blends), furniture coverings, curtains and even wallpaper.