Cricket Insect Facts

 A house cricket

For many years, crickets have been one among many insects that we have been sharing our planet with. Crickets are in three main categories:

  • House Crickets
  • Field Crickets
  • Camel crickets

Below is a list of cricket facts that will fascinate you in an amazing way. 

  • On the earth, the number of crickets’ species is approximately 900. Despite the difference in species type, all crickets live for a period of no more than a year.
  • The males are responsible for making the chirping noise that characterizes them.
  • They possess membranous type of wings that fold easily when out of use. However, there are a number of cricket species that cannot fly.
  • The cricket’s chirping noise is often used to explain the outdoor temperatures. According to studies, crickets will tend to make a lot of the chirping noise when it is hotter outside. This noise is also used to keep away other males from approaching.
  • They have compound eyes with a great vision. These eyes enable them to view different directions at the same time without any turnings.
  • Crickets will always move in pairs or as a group of crickets referred to an orchestra.
  • Classification of crickets is based on their hopping movements as well as the short jerky run.
  • Crickets bodies are in a flattened shape attached with long antennas referred to as feelers and are very similar to those of grasshoppers.
  • The purpose of their long antennas is to search for food and detect any approaching danger.
  • Crickets are either in a black, brown, green or red in color and are found in the field or meadows.
  • Their body structure is small. Their length ranges from 15mm to 25mm of size.
  • These insects are omnivorous eating other small insects, fungi and plant leaves and stems.
  • Some predators of crickets include reptiles such as the tortoise and lizards. Amphibians such as the frogs and salamander also feed on the crickets. Spiders also find prey in crickets.
  • Their ears are located under the knee of their front legs, and they are very sensitive.
  • The male crickets are very brave and would protect their female partners at any cost.
  • They belong to the family Gryllidae.
  • They are leaping insects.

Is the cricket harmful?

Yes, they are potentially harmful because:

  1. They can carry diseases and parasites that can leave behind in your home through their feces.
  2. They eat your house plants and can harm your clothing, even your furniture. Also, When in large groups, crickets can also cause huge destruction to farmlands
  3. The sound that crickets make can either be potentially disturbing, depending on your sensitivities to sound. This is especially true when you're in your home.

Why do crickets rub their legs together?

Crickets will rub their legs together as a way of cleaning off the dirt. Their ears are located under the knees of their legs. This means that, for the ears to remain sensitive, they must be kept clean always.

Can crickets bite you?

Yes, crickets can bite humans. However, they have no interest in biting you, and they opt to run for their lives when danger approaches.

For many ages, crickets have been a part of human culture. They have been used as pets, signs of good luck and as a source of food. They are also pests that are bothersome to homeowners. Call us today for cricket control services, if you are having issues with crickets.