House cricket (Clemson University, Bugwood.org)
Field cricket (Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org)
Snowy tree cricket (Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org)
- 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
- overwinter as eggs in soil
- found in moist areas such as mulch beds, woodpiles, weeds, stone piles, etc.
- agricultural grain crops and vegetables
- fabrics, synthetics or leather and fur, especially when soiled with human perspiration
- can cause damage to fabrics
- typically a minor nuisance pest in or around buildings
- 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.