FIELD CRICKETS

FIELD CRICKETS

During the summertime, which is mating season, we hear the males making music to attract the females who choose a mate upon the best “song” they hear. Typically, the only irritation we have with them during this time is how noisy a large congregation can be right outside our home.

The real issue with field crickets comes in the fall. This is when the temperature begins to drop and the days become shorter, signaling adult crickets to find a warm and safe environment to lay their eggs. The winter will be harsh for the cricket; it will be a struggle to survive and will end in death for nearly all of them. Their only hope is that their offspring greet the spring time. For this purpose, they will inhabit crevices and cracks around the foundation of houses, leading them to ways inside. Crickets feed at night, consuming fungi, other insects, plants or even human food.

How can Field Crickets be harmful?
If in large numbers, they can damage a garden, but are otherwise harmless. Eating mostly dead bugs, some insects and their eggs, they can be beneficial. In your home, they tend to eat human food, materials, wallpaper and clothes among other things.