Crickets are not harmful to humans, but they can invade a home nonetheless. Crickets are often mistaken for grasshoppers but have flatter bodies, are typically dark brown-black, and make chirping sounds regardless of their mating seasons. Crickets will often find their way into your home through cracks and openings, or simply when you leave your door open. If they begin breeding in your home, you will no doubt have a cricket issue on your hands.
There are over 900 species of crickets, most notably the camel cricket, mole cricket, house and field crickets. They range in color from light tan, to brown, and even black. Their appearance is similar to a grasshopper but the difference is crickets fold their wings tightly next to their body while the grasshopper’s wings fold over their body, like a tent.
Although crickets are essentially harmless, they can quickly become a nuisance if they begin to multiply in your home. The chirping noises alone can be problematic. Even though they aren’t harmful, they are nevertheless insects that you most likely do not want jumping around your home. Another lesser known fact about crickets is that they can actually do damage to fabrics and clothing – which could cost you if the infestation were large or they inhabited your residence for too long.
Crickets can be found under logs, rocks, in wooded areas, and are usually most active at night. They find their way into homes through cracks, crevices, loose screens on windows, and when doors or windows are left open.
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