Cricket Sounds and What They Mean

08/15/2017


Crickets   
cricket on blade of grass

We all know the relaxing sounds of crickets chirping on a nice summer night. What most of us don’t know, though, is why they are singing these songs of summer. It just so happens that there is more than one reason behind the sounds that these insects create.

How do they make the sounds?

Interestingly enough, only male crickets can make these chirping sounds. They do this by either rubbing their long hind legs on their wings or simply rubbing their wings together. The ribbing on the wings intensifies this sound. In addition, warmer temperatures typically allow for faster movement and therefore more chirping.

What do they mean?

Chirping can mean one of three things…

  1. A male is trying to attract a female
  2. A male is about to fight another male
  3. They are warning others of a threat

To the trained ear or with the use of technology to hear different pitches, you can tell these different signals apart.

Crickets Inside Your House?

If the cricket chirping has suddenly gotten louder in your house, it's likely that they have made it inside and sadly there is no easy way to silence crickets. The peaceful cricket noise isn't so nice when they have managed to get inside and keep you wide awake at night. Even worse, crickets can spread illnesses to humans through a bite, physical contact, or even with their feces. While you may just be annoyed by one, more are likely to get inside and leave you with cricket problems in the fall and winter. 

In the end, chirping can only mean one thing for us humans: crickets are nearby, and there is a risk of the noisy insects infesting your home. While they can provide us with their soothing sounds outside, they will make their way towards shelter when temperatures drop. Do-it-yourself cricket removal and deterrent tricks may exist, however, none are as reliable as pest professionals. Luckily, with the help of American Pest’s trained technicians, keeping these pests out of your home is made easy. Contact American Pest today!


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