||Yellowish brown with 3 dark cross bands on head
||3/4 – 7/8” (16-22 mm)
House crickets get their common name from the fact that they
often enter houses where they can survive indefinitely.
Interestingly, they are known for their loud chirping which is
caused by rubbing their front wings together to attract
House crickets are nocturnal or active at night and usually hide
in dark warm places during the day. Outside, they feed on plants
and dead or live insects, including other crickets. Indoors, house
crickets can feast on fabric, eating large areas, leaving holes and
are especially attracted to clothes soiled with perspiration.
During warm weather, house crickets typically live outdoors and
are especially fond of garbage dumps. They are often attracted to
electric lights in larger numbers, sometimes by the thousands, and
rest on vertical surfaces such as light poles and house walls.
However, when cold weather approaches, they seek shelter in houses
and sheds because of the moisture and warmth they provide.
Clothing and carpets can become damaged when house crickets
enter homes. They typically feed on the surface, leaving the area
roughened from pulling the fibers loose while eating.