Protect Your Home and Business From Crickets.
Crickets Found In Washington State
With approximately 2,400 species in existence, crickets have leapt and sung their way to destinations all across the globe. Belonging to the family Gryllidae in the order of Orthoptera, these insects are known for their musical chirping, impressive jumping capabilities, and even an acting performance in Pinocchio!
Although crickets are a remarkable insect by nature, their presence in or around your area can be a nuisance. Because they can breed so efficiently, populations can increase rapidly if your home or business provides conducive environments for them to thrive.
To better understand why cricket choirs are caroling too loudly near you, it’s best to learn common crickets in our area, their habits, and what you can do to turn down their volume.
What Do Crickets Look Like?
There are two different kinds of crickets common to the Puget Sound area: field crickets and house crickets. Both types are primarily nocturnal insects, but they can also chirp loudly throughout the day.
Field crickets—sometimes called the black cricket—are slightly larger than other species, growing upwards 1 1/4 inches in length. These crickets commonly take up residence in fields and yards in shallow burrows, but they can sometimes enter buildings.
House crickets are light brown and yellowish with three distinct, dark brown stripes on their heads. House crickets often do not grow any bigger than 1/2 inch. Preferring warm, moist places to live, these crickets can be found near fireplaces, kitchen appliances, or within garbage dumps in areas with warmer climates.
Where Can I Find Crickets?
Crickets, like many other insects and pests, prefer moist, warm climates. To ensure crickets sing their song away from your home or business, it’s imperative to eliminate as many damp, wet areas as you can around your property. Maintaining your lawn, cleaning up yard waste, and keeping high-water landscaping away from your foundation are great ways to keep crickets from burrowing near you. Additionally, if you have firewood, make sure logs are on a concrete pad or rack to avoid direct contact with the soil.
If your basement, cellar, or crawl space is damp, make sure to utilize a dehumidifier or other techniques to keep the space as dry as possible, especially during rainy or cold seasons. It can also help to ensure all of your entry points are sealed and properly seated in their frames. Check windows, sliding patio doors, and vents to ensure access points are closed off.
How Do Crickets Behave?
Field crickets eat all types of field crops such as wheat, oats, or rye, and they’ve been known to cause extensive damage to farmers’ fields. They can also be destructive to textiles like wool, cotton, or furs. If necessary, they are also known to eat other insects including grasshoppers and other crickets. House crickets have a slightly different diet; they will eat just about anything but have a particular taste for beer or sweet vinegar.
Crickets generally live for less than one year. During their lifetime, however, they develop excellent vision and hearing. They have compound eyes that allow them to see in many different directions at the same time, creating a particular affinity to lights. They also have strong back legs that allow them to jump exceptionally high.
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