Crickets in Arizona

Cricket Activity

Crickets are a common pest inside and outside the home or workplace. Although small, they can quickly become a nuisance and attract many unwanted guests.
Crickets are known for their unique shape but primarily for their song. Crickets have a multitude of songs, each with a new meaning. One of the most familiar songs is a chirp, indicating their location to other crickets. Chirping also attracts mates and can be used to determine the temperature outside.

Types of Crickets

There are over 900 species of cricket, but only a handful are known to invade homes. Arizona’s three most common house-invading cricket species are camel, house, and field.

Camel crickets

Camel crickets get their name from their humped-back appearance and are often called “spider crickets” because of their long legs. These pests are usually dark brown or black and can grow to be over an inch long. They are attracted to damp, dark places and are most active at night.

Field crickets

Field crickets are slightly smaller than camel crickets but are similar in appearance. They are dark brown or black with long antennae and hind legs that allow them to jump great distances. Like camel crickets, field crickets are also attracted to moisture and prefer to live outdoors.

House Cricket

The most common type of cricket in Arizona is house cricket. These pests are light brown or tan with three dark bands running down their backs. They are about ¾ of an inch long and have shorter antennae than other cricket species. House crickets are attracted to heat and prefer to live indoors near light sources.

Crickets are attracted to lights and often enter homes through open doors or windows. Once inside, they will hide in dark, secluded places like closets, basements, and under furniture. If you think you have a cricket infestation, look for droppings or damage to clothing, fabrics, and food.

Unwanted Guests: The Ones Who Eat Crickets

In addition to being a nuisance, crickets can also attract other pests into your home. Scorpions, centipedes, and spiders are just a few of the predators that will eat crickets. Unfortunately, these predators can be even more challenging to eliminate than the crickets themselves.

How to Get Rid of Crickets

The best way to get rid of crickets is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Keep doors, and windows closed and repair any cracks or holes in your foundation. If you have a cricket infestation, call a pest control professional to get rid of them.

Crickets are a common pest in Arizona, but they can be controlled with the proper precautions. You can keep these pests out of your home and avoid unwanted guests by taking a few simple steps.

The More You Know

Crickets are not necessarily nasty. They are more of a pest than anything, but it can become a problem when their chirp brings more crickets or predators come looking. Our goal is to stop these pests in their tracks. Here are some things you need to know:
  1. Crickets are attracted to lights and often enter homes through open doors or windows. Once inside, they will hide in dark, secluded places like closets, basements, and under furniture.
  2. If you think you have a cricket infestation, look for droppings or damage to clothing, fabrics, and food.
  3. The best way to get rid of crickets is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Keep doors, and windows closed and repair any cracks or holes in your foundation.
  4. Call Horn Pest Management today if you have a cricket infestation!

Better Safe: Give Us A Call

Horn Pest Management utilizes various techniques and materials to eliminate these unwanted guests. So if you have a cricket problem, call today to schedule a free estimate!

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