Crickets are a common insect encountered throughout New England, and their ringing trills can be heard throughout the spring and fall. They are related to grasshoppers, but tend be smaller in size and more drab in color. Like grasshoppers, they have long, strong back legs which allow them to hop a considerable distance relative to their size. The most common cricket encountered in New England is the field cricket.
They are active at night, and will make their presence known by their loud chirping. The sound is created by their running their top wings over their bottom wings. It is used as part of their mating rituals to attract female crickets.
Crickets don’t pose any harm to humans, and are very rarely considered pests. However, a preponderance of crickets could damage young plants, and should they get into a home or office building they could become a loud, chirping nuisance.
- 0.6 to 1 inch long
- brown or black in color
- active spring through fall
- produce a chirping sound
Crickets are a part of New England’s ecosystem, and eliminating crickets from your yard is neither possible nor encouraged. To prevent crickets from entering your home, though, best practice is to make sure to seal gaps around windows and doors, crack and openings in your foundation, and crevices around areas where plumbing and wiring enters/exits the house. A low-impact insect spray or repellent can also be applied around the perimeter of the house to discourage insects from invading.
Again, crickets are very rarely a real problem, and the best bet to control and eliminate is to maintain a pest management program year round. This would include regular inspections, monitoring, and a light application of insect repellent sprays around the home. Bain Pest Control offers the Home Protection Plan, which covers crickets and the most common pests encountered by home owners in New England.
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