Get Rid Of Crickets | Remove House Cricket

Get Rid Of Crickets | Remove House Cricket


Get Rid Of Crickets | Remove House Cricket


Acheta domesticus, commonly called the house cricket, is a cricket most likely native to Southwestern Asia, but between 1950 and 2000 it became the standard feeder insect for the pet and research industries and spread worldwide.

House cricket isa tiny insect, only 3/4 inch long as an adult. There is sexual dimorphism in this species; females are larger than males, and the wings of the male extend beyond their body when at rest. These insects can be found in many different colours including: black, dark brown, tan with white wing straps, and tan without any markings. They have a pair of leaping hind legs so that they can jump out of harm’s way easily, but they are not considered strong jumpers or fliers (Porter). Males chirp by rubbing the top surfaces of their forewings together to produce a sound that has up to 5 harmonics

Get Rid Of Crickets | Remove House Cricket

The house cricket originated in hot, dry desert conditions and is not well adapted to surviving the northern European winter. Although many cricket populations exist out of doors in the summer months, especially around rubbish tips and compost heaps, many of these insects migrate indoors during the autumn, seeking warmth and protection.

The traditional fireside chirping of crickets in domestic houses is less common these days, perhaps due to more modern construction methods, including the elimination of the traditional fireplace. Large cricket populations are however frequently found in the heating duct systems in hospitals, prisons and other institutions, and sometimes in other areas which provide the necessary warmth. They are mainly nocturnal in habit, and the male is responsible for the sometimes distractingly loud chirruping.


House Cricket Biology

The chirruping of the male cricket, produced by rubbing together his two front wings that are modified with serrations and scrapers, attracts the female cCricket. After mating, several hundred eggs can be laid over a period of a few weeks. Whilst out of doors the eggs are usually laid in a shallow pit in soft earth; in the artificial indoor environment eggs can be laid in any moist area such as beneath the folds of damp newspapers or in other moist debris.

Crickets follow an incomplete metamorphosis, with seven to nine nymphal stages, gradually developing more like an adult. Crickets are particularly sensitive to temperature, being inactive below 20°C, and developing through the nymphal stages most rapidly at around 35°C. Since they are completely omnivorous, development is less dependent on food supply, but a higher humidity is known to be important. This is reflected in the crickets’ preferred habitats of kitchens, boiler houses and underground heating ducts, where escapes of steam and free water produces ideal microclimates



The previous commonly held view of crickets being pleasant cottage-hearth companions has given way in recent years to one of intolerance. Large populations living in underground ducts or other heating installations in institutions frequently give rise to complaints of excessive noise. Naturally, crickets living in bakeries and kitchens are also unacceptable from the food hygiene point of view.

Autumnal influxes of crickets from nearby refuse tips sometimes cause great consternation, due to the unexpectedly large numbers of easily seen and heard insects. The cricket’s ability to leap, apparently haphazardly, to considerable heights and distances when disturbed, only increases the feeling of consternation and revulsion. Physical damage to foodstuffs can occur; perhaps more importantly, crickets are capable of severe damage to fabrics if infestations occur close to clothing stores, bed linen and towel airing cupboards


Control Of House Cricket – Get Rid Of Crickets | Remove House Cricket

Eradication of house cricket infestations in institutions such as prisons, hospitals (and especially swimming baths) can be extremely difficult unless a proactive approach based on the use of monitoring traps is adopted. Sticky traps, designed primarily for cockroach monitoring, are particularly effective at trapping house crickets. Residual insecticides will then normally be applied to areas containing crickets. A range of insecticides seem to be effective against crickets, but the conditions crickets favour (very hot and damp) may reduce the residuality of organophosphorus and carbamate insecticides, and the potency of residual pyrethroids.

Accordingly, treatments may have to be repeated at frequent intervals, to achieve riddance. It should be remembered that relying on the chirruping sound to decide on where treatment is necessary is unsatisfactory as the nymphal stages will be silent, and they must be controlled before reaching sexual maturity. 

Control of crickets outdoors (e.g. on refuse tips)

can be achieved by ensuring that the tip face is well covered with fine soil (6″), and if necessary the use of residual insecticides.

House Cricket Extermination And Control

If you discover or suspect a pest infestation in your home, you need to deal with it as soon as you can. Leaving an infestation to grow and allowing pests to establish themselves in your home will only make the issue more difficult and expensive to deal with. 

We also offer the same comprehensive pest control services for commercial and retail properties. 

Contact us today to discuss your pest control needs and arrange a time for one of our pest control experts to come to your home and assess the situation. Once we know what we are dealing with, we will return you to a pest-free existence as soon as humanly possible.



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