Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t only one type of cricket. There can be as many as 25 different species of crickets! Next time you go outside and spot a cricket, don’t always expect it to be the same species as the cricket you saw last week at grandma’s house! You won’t usually find many different species of crickets in one area, but rest assured- there are different species located in different areas. Field crickets, in general, are native in three general continents: North America, Central America, and South America. These crickets are outdoor insects, but like many other insects, they enter homes and buildings in order to protect themselves from harsh weather and nocturnal creatures who are a cause for concern.
Field crickets are knows to damage fabrics, paper, leather, furs, and other materials found indoors. Outdoors, they are known to cause damage to landscapes and plants. Another reason to be concerned is because these crickets can experience population surges overnight, and by morning, you could find multiple crickets alongside the one you found.
Before alarming your local pest control operator, it is important to be able to identify what type of cricket you are dealing with. Field crickets, in general, are black unlike the tan or light brown of house crickets. They are 1 to 1.5 inches in length and adult females are known to have a very long ovipositor, which is an egg-laying structure. The cerci on field crickets are long and thin, and they also have long thin antennae, and large hind legs useful for jumping.
The life cycle of a field cricket can be described as a simple metamorphosis. Adult females are popular for having long ovipositors that lay eggs. They tend to lay eggs in soil and even in sand. Their nymphs, otherwise known as baby insects, hatch from their eggs after 15 to 25 days. Compared to the adult field crickets, nymphs are the same except for their small size; however, in just a few months time, the nymphs will be as big as adult crickets.
Common places to find these crickets are in cool, dark, and damp areas. Some of these areas include basements, under rocks, and in plumbing. Usually coming out only at night, these crickets spend their time in crevices and dark cracks during the daytime.
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