Adults from 10 mm to 20 mm long. Winged, with long hind legs but do not fly (in the UK)
Yellowish grey, light brown
Nuisance caused by chirruping, invasion of houses. Damage or contamination of food. Damage to fabrics.
Difficult. Planned proactive approach essential.
How to identify House Crickets?
House crickets (Acheta domesticus) are small, light brown, winged insects that are common pests in homes, businesses, and other buildings. They are typically found in damp, dark areas and can be identified by their long antennae, three dark bands across their heads, and the chirping sound they make.
To identify house crickets, look for the following characteristics:
- Size: House crickets are typically around 0.5 to 1.25 inches in length.
- Colour: They are usually light brown in color with three dark bands across their heads.
- Antennae: House crickets have two long antennae that extend from their heads.
- Chirping Sound: House crickets can make a chirping sound by rubbing their wings together.
- Habitat: House crickets are typically found in damp, dark areas such as basements, closets, and other enclosed spaces.
If you suspect that you have a house cricket infestation, it is important to take steps to eliminate them. The best way to do this is to set traps or use an insecticide specifically designed for house crickets. It is also important to remove any food sources, such as spilled food or pet food, and to seal cracks and crevices in your home that could provide entry points for the crickets.
Habitat, Diet, and Life Cycle
House crickets (Acheta domesticus) are typically found in damp, dark areas such as basements, closets, and other enclosed spaces. They prefer places that are moist and provide protection from predators, such as beneath furniture and appliances. They can also be found in gardens and other outdoor areas, such as around garbage cans or in piles of debris.
House crickets are omnivorous, meaning they will eat both plant and animal matter. They feed on a variety of items, including grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and even other insects. In addition, they may also feed on fabrics and other materials, such as wool and silk.
House crickets have three stages of development: egg, nymph and adult. The eggs are laid in damp soil or other moist areas, and after hatching, the nymphs go through 7-9 stages of moulting before reaching adulthood. Adult house crickets can live for up to three months and lay up to 300 eggs during their lifetime. The eggs hatch in about two weeks and the nymphs reach adulthood in about five weeks to four months.
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