Biology & Reproduction

CricketThe name House Cricket comes from them commonly entering a home where they can survive indefinitely. They’ll live outdoors, mostly in garbage dumps, if the weather is warm. When the weather starts to get colder is when they’ll start infesting homes and sheds. They’re especially annoying because they’re active mainly at night and make their presence known by through chirping noises. Their chirping is used to attract females. If eggs are laid outdoors they’ll hatch in late spring and adults will emerge in the summer, with an average of 728 laid eggs. If indoors, they’ll lay about 104 eggs in cracks and crevices.


House crickets usually come indoors for warmth and moisture. They’re attracted to bright lights and will be found in large numbers surrounding them. They’ll feed primarily on plants and dead or living insects, including other crickets. Inside, they’ll feed on different fabrics including wool, cotton, silk, and synthetics. Unlike other fabric pests, these crickets will eat large portions of the fabrics. This can cause a lot of damage to clothing and even carpets.


Cricket control starts outdoors by eliminating moisture. Mowing the lawn, weeding plant beds, and removing woodpiles from the sides of the house will help deter them. Changing outdoor lights to a low light will help. Seal points of entry such as around window frames, doors, screen windows, and any other holes. Of course these things will only aid in prevention. A full blown infestation will require the work of a professional. Give our office staff a call and arrange an appointment for cricket treatment.

Abby arrived on time and was accompanied by her father, the owner of the business. Both of them were very professional. Abby entered the crawl space and in addition to inspection and reporting, she drilled and sprayed each pier. She also drilled holes about a foot apart in all concrete around the perimeter while her father dug a little trench around the entire house, about two inches deep and three inches wide a couple inches from the edge. All of these locations also received the Termidor spray. The product is good for five years and we also signed up for their annual inspection program. For $90, they'll inspect the crawl space and ensure no new activity is occurring. Their work this day took a few hours and was very well done. She provided me a detailed report, pictures, and the state required paperwork for insecticide use. I'm very happy with Masters Pest Control.

-John Giardina

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