For generations of kids, Jiminy Cricket has been an iconic Disney character, but in real life, house crickets are not nearly as charming. Here are some facts about this common household pest from our experienced Middletown exterminator.
Background, Physical Characteristics and Habits
The species Acheta Domesticus, or house cricket, is native to Europe. Since their introduction to the United States, house crickets are found primarily in New Jersey and other eastern states.
Less than an inch long, house crickets are light yellowish-brown in color, featuring three distinctive dark crossbands on their head. The chirping for which house crickets are known is actually a “mating call” produced by males rubbing their front wings together.
While outdoors, house crickets feed on plants and other insects. When winter arrives, they move indoors to search for food, water and warmth. Fabrics and carpeting then become their predominant source of food.
Are House Crickets Dangerous?
According to our Middletown exterminator, house crickets are not considered a health risk, but their eating habits can cause significant damage to clothes, carpeting and furniture. Here are some helpful tips to prevent house crickets from invading your home:
• Repair any loose seals around doors and windows.
• Reduce the amount of moisture inside your home. Make sure attics, basements and crawl spaces have sufficient ventilation.
• Store fireplace wood at a generous distance from your house.
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