Crickets seem to be everywhere when summer turns to autumn, and are more of a nuisance than a threat. These creatures are not capable of biting you, but that doesn’t prevent the shrieks if one happens to jump in your direction. The chirping at night can be bothersome as well, especially if one or many have crept into your home. The chirping is performed as a song by male crickets to attract the female crickets for mating purposes, and it is said that the frequency of chirps relates to temperature; the number of chirps in 15 seconds plus 37 will give you the approximate temperature (Fahrenheit).
As useful of a thermometer as crickets might be, they pose a threat to your gardens and can do severe damage in large numbers. Crickets feed on garden plants. They also eat other insects, as well as their eggs, seeds, paper, wool, cloth and silk. The risk of overpopulation in your garden is high if crickets inhabit your neighborhood, as female crickets focus solely on laying eggs before winter begins and the adult crickets die off.
If you catch some in your home, crickets can be food for reptiles, spiders and birds you may have as pets! Otherwise, call One Way Pest Control today to remove them from your home and garden.