Crickets

Gryllidae

  • SIZE

    1/2in to 1-1/4in long

  • COLOR

  • BITE OR STING

    No

  • WINGS

    Yes

Top-view illustration of a cricket.
Side-view illustration of a cricket.
Close up view of a black cricket on a leaf.
Close up view of a cricket on a leaf.

General Information

Typically, crickets in the house are harmless. However, if cricket sounds are keeping you up at night or if these pests are damaging your plants in the garden, you may want to take action and find out how to help get rid of crickets.

  • Crickets are most active at night.

  • If you’ve ever wondered why crickets chirp, their characteristic sound is actually made by male crickets rubbing their front wings together as they try to attract mates.

Details

  • Indoors, house crickets prefer warm, damp places like basements, garages, and crawl spaces.

  • Male crickets will sing or chirp to attract mates, which can keep you up at night.

  • Crickets prefer to eat decaying plant-based foods, but they can be a problem in gardens where they eat crop leaves, seeds, and fruits.

  • Crickets will nest in tall grass, so keep your lawn trimmed and remove any tall grasses near your foundation.

  • Avoid keeping wood, rocks, and other harborage on the ground where crickets can hide close to the foundation.

  • Check firewood for crickets before bringing it inside.

Illustrations of wasp, mosquito and spider

Find My Bug

Answer a few questions and we'll help identify the bug you're fighting.

Illustrations of ant, cockroach and fly