Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

Cricket

Cricket

Earwig

Earwig

Giant Centipede

Giant Centipede

House Centipede

House Centipede

Millipede

Millipede

Pill Bug

Pill Bug

Silverfish

Silverfish

Springtail

Springtail

Cricket

Description:

CricketThe adult house cricket is about ¾ inch long.  They are yellowish-brown with 3 dark bands on the head.

Behavior:

House crickets are most active at night and are attracted to lights.  There diet usually consists of organic plant matter, but they will feed on soft household materials such as cardboard.  They frequently live together in groups in irrigation boxes and wall voids of buildings.  Heavy cricket activity can be detected by small piles of black pellets where they rest in daytime hours.  House crickets also have a loud chirp.

Control:

Cricket infestation

Crickets Infesting Meter Box

Common methods of prevention include shutting off exterior lighting when not in use or using yellow “bug” light bulbs.  Sealing cracks and crevices around the building will also go a long way.  Pest control maintenance is also a great way to manage crickets.

Fun Fact:

The sound of singing crickets inside of a home is considered beautiful in some Asian countries.