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There are thought to be around 900 species of true crickets belonging to the “Gryllidae” family. These crickets tend to be nocturnal and are generally characterized by slightly flattened looking, light brown to dark brown colored bodies and long antennae. Throughout the region you may refer to them more commonly as the “field cricket”. Like all insects, their bodies are protected by an exoskeleton, which is a tough outer casing or shell. Possibly the most memorable characteristic of the cricket is its long hind legs which, as well as being used to jump, are used for communication. Only the male cricket can “chirp” and does so by rubbing its hind legs against a forewing with between 50 to 300 ribs on it.
When the outside air temperature begins to drop, crickets begin to look for a place to shelter from the winter weather and it’s then that you’ll find them moving into buildings and properties where they have everything they require: food, warmth, moisture and shelter. They are scavengers and their diet consists primarily of organic materials and may also include decaying plant matter and small seedlings. Once they begin to occupy a property, they may damage clothing, fabric (cotton, wool, silk, & synthetic blends), furniture coverings, curtains and even wallpaper.
Although they can bite, it is rare for a cricket’s mouthparts to actually puncture the skin. Crickets do carry a significant number of diseases which, although having the ability to cause painful sores, are not fatal to humans. These numerous diseases can be spread through their bite, physical contact or their feces.
Getting rid of crickets in Washington D.C., Alexandria, Baltimore, or elsewhere in the surrounding areas requires a two-pronged approach. Crickets primarily live outside, so it is essential that along with taking care of any infestation inside your home or property, the exterior is inspected for cricket harborages. This can be a tough task and requires a skilled, experienced pest management professional to seek out the many possible sources of infestation. American Pest will make a detailed inspection of these areas and customize a cricket control solution to suit your individual needs.
Controlling crickets using do-it-yourself methods does not prove to be effective in many cases. Locating the source of the infestation indoors and out is the key – something which American Pest’s experienced pest control professionals are trained to do.
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Preventing crickets is a very difficult task as it is only when the temperatures start to drop in fall that they will start to look for shelter, warmth, food and water. However, making sure all cracks, crevices and holes are filled or sealed in and around basements, siding, doors and windows will make it much more difficult for the cricket to enter, infest and damage your property.