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.
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.