Crickets - School IPM - USU Extension

    Crickets

    Gryllidae

    Cricket

    House cricket (Clemson University, Bugwood.org)

    Field Cricket

    Field cricket (Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org)

    Snowy Cricket

    Snowy tree cricket (Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org)

    Identification

    • 1/2 - 1 1/8 inches long
    • light brown to black, sometimes green
    • long threadlike antennae that are longer than their body
    • long “stingerlike” appendage coming out the rear of their body (females)
    • make a chirping noise

    Nesting Habits

    • overwinter as eggs in soil
    • found in moist areas such as mulch beds, woodpiles, weeds, stone piles, etc.

    Diet

    • agricultural grain crops and vegetables
    • fabrics, synthetics or leather and fur, especially when soiled with human perspiration

    Significance

    • can cause damage to fabrics
    • typically a minor nuisance pest in or around buildings

    IPM Recommendations

    • Find and eliminate harborage outdoors such as weedy ornamental beds, wood piles, rock piles and moist, secluded areas.
    • Seal cracks around the outside foundation wall.
    • Install tight-fitting door sweeps at the base of all exterior doors.
    • Vacuum crickets that enter buildings.