Jiminy Cricket and his buddies are chirping up a storm!

Although lots of homeowners would prefer less sleepless nights from chirping crickets, the Chinese and Japanese think quite the opposite. Did you know that the Chinese and Japanese place crickets in cages to liven up their rooms with the chirping from crickets? It’s true! They also believe crickets to be good luck. But are they really all that lucky?

ID Cricket 2Crickets use their chirping sounds to show their presence, and in some cases, as a signal for danger. The word “Cricket” comes from the french name “cricri” as an indication of the chirping sound Crickets make. This chirping sound is created when a Cricket scrapes its upper wings, one over the other. But how does it make such a noise? One wing is file-like, and the other has rough veins. When these two wings are rubbed together, it creates friction, and the chirping noise we hear. The chirping noise created by the Cricket is said to be a way a Cricket declares it’s love.

However,  Crickets aren’t always cheerful and full of love. This particular pest can cause damage to your home. Although there are seven different types of Crickets, the House Cricket is the most common. The House Cricket dates all the way back to the 18th century when it was first introduced to Canada and the United States. This type of Cricket is also attracted to warmth. Therefore, this pest can be found around fireplaces, kitchens, furnaces, water heaters, and basements. House Crickets hide in cracks, behind baseboards, and sometimes burrow into the mortar of walls. Although they are attracted to water and plants, some of the most destructive objects to House Crickets are silk and woolens.

What do they look like? House Crickets grow to be about an inch in size with a light yellowish-brown color. They also have three dark bands on their head and a long thin antennae. Females however, have a long and slender ovipositor.

If you are having a Cricket problem, it is best to have a pest control professional inspect the situation. If you would like a courtesy inspection today, call Essential at (520) 886-3029.

Research credit to the Handbook Of Pest Control Mallis Tenth Edition.

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