House cricket (Clemson University,

Field Cricket

Field cricket (Joseph Berger,

Snowy Cricket

Snowy tree cricket (Joseph Berger,


  • 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

Nesting Habits

  • 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

IPM Recommendations

  • 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.