Identify Your Pest

Cricket

Quick Facts

Size

3-50 mm long

Preferred Habitat

Crickets live outside in dark, moist areas. They may enter your home when it is too hold, cold or dry. Crickets find their way into your home through cracks in the foundation or underneath of doors. They usually make their way to the basement, crawl spaces, and laundry areas.

Known Health Issues

House crickets can carry diseases such as E. coli and salmonella.
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About

House crickets are the most common species of cricket found in the Midwest. They feed on plants, live insects, dead insects, clothing, and fabrics. If you’re in Nebraska, Iowa, or surrounding states, you know a cricket when you see one. They’re famously known for their chirping, which is a sound produced with what’s called stridulation, or the scraping of two limbs together.

 

Is the Cricket Dangerous?

Although crickets are capable of biting, they don’t typically bite humans or pets—even if they tried, their mouths aren’t large enough to break the skin in most cases. Still, they can carry parasites, such as salmonella and E.coli.