Pest Identification: House Crickets in Tennessee

House crickets may already be in your house if you happen to keep a reptile around for a pet. Otherwise, they tend to live outside in the warmer months in Tennessee and usually seek dark, moist spaces during the day. Among all the cricket species, this one is the most troublesome as they can live inside your home indefinitely, while other crickets will die off as the weather gets colder.

How to Identify House Crickets

House crickets are light brown with three dark bands across their head. They are usually about ¾ of an inch long with strong hind legs and wings, which they can use to fly but generally choose to crawl or hop. In addition, the male crickets are known to chirp and can be pretty annoying if one makes their way into your house, as they tend to be more active when you’re trying to sleep.  

Crickets love warm, moist environments and can be found in yards, fields, and pastures outside. Once inside, they can be found near heaters, kitchens, fireplaces, or in mulch or wood piles near your Tennessee home or business. They generally consume plants and dead insects, but inside the home, you might want to keep an eye on your clothing! They feed on wool, silk, cotton, and other fabrics, but they will also invade pantries for pet food, fruit, and vegetables. 

Finding Evidence of House Crickets in Your Home or Business

If you suspect the presence of house crickets in your home, check the dark and damp areas of your home first, like the attic, basement, garage, or laundry room. This is where house crickets are found in the home. A surefire sign of house crickets is chirping throughout the night. Male crickets rub their front wings together to attract a mate, and since crickets are nocturnal, their singing could potentially keep you up all night. If your cricket friend manages to attract a mate, his female counterpart can lay up to 100 eggs, which can quickly lead to a full-blown infestation.

Manage Your House Cricket Problem with U.S. Pest Protection

To keep your cricket numbers low, be sure to keep moist areas ventilated throughout the home. Frequent vacuuming can also cut down on egg populations. Sealing cracks and points of entry to the home and moving wood piles away from the home can also cut off ways crickets can find their way inside.

If none of these preventative measures work to control cricket populations, it’s time to call in the professionals at U.S. Pest Protection. Our knowledgeable technicians will help to pinpoint the source of your infestation and develop a treatment plan to remove the house crickets. Ready to rid your home of house crickets? Schedule your free consultation with U.S. Pest Protection today.

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