As summer comes to an end, you may notice an increase of loud chirping around your home. Along with this distinct noise that they produce, crickets can be seen hoping through the grass at all hours of the day. While crickets will not harm you, their presence can be an annoyance if they end up in your home. At IPM Pest & Termite, serving Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding areas, we are your most trusted source for cricket extermination. Identifying Crickets
Crickets are small to medium in size with a cylindrical body. Usually light brown to black in color, crickets have long, thin antennae, a small head, and a long body. Crickets have unique legs that make them easy to identify. Because crickets move long distances by jumping, they are equipped with appendages that assist their movements. Their back legs are significantly enlarged for jumps, their middle pair of legs stick outward, and their front pair of legs, which rest by their head, contain tympani to receive sound. Crickets are also easily identified by the chirping sound that the males make. Male crickets chirp at all hours of the day, and for many reasons. A courting song is used to attract female crickets in the area. A triumph song is used after mating, to encourage the female cricket to lay eggs. And an aggressive song is used to repel other male crickets from the area. Depending on the temperature and the species of cricket, chirping will be different. Behavior
Crickets are omnivores and will eat almost any food source that is available if their normal diet is not. Flowers, fruits, vegetables, leafs, grasses, larvae, smaller bugs, and young plants are all liable to be parts of a cricket’s diet if they can find it. Crickets like damp conditions the most, hence why they are so active at night and in the early morning when grass is wet from dew. Most active at night, crickets, like many insects, are attracted to lights. Signs of Infestation
Unfortunately, the only way you can tell you have a cricket infestation is by seeing the crickets in your home or hearing their chirps. Typically, only the house, ground, or field cricket will be seen in a home. The house cricket is light brown, almost yellow, and is around 20mm long. The ground cricket is very small, and brown in color. And lastly, the field cricket is darker brown or black and is about 3cm long. You will likely notice crickets at night time, because they are more active with their chirps in the dark. If you believe you may have a cricket infestation, IPM Pest & Termite is who you need to call for the best cricket exterminator in the area. At IPM, we specialize in ridding your home of a wide range of pest problems. As a member of Angie’s List
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