Pest Facts: Field Crickets
Field crickets got their name because they severely damage or destroy field and vegetable crops. They are common place in urban areas particularly in the fall. They can accumulate in large numbers on and inside structures.
- Color: Dark brown to black
- Legs: Six
- Shape: Long, narrow
- Size: Up to 1 1/2 inches long
- Antennae: Yes
- Flying: Yes
- Region: All 50 states
Female crickets usually deposit their eggs singly in firm but moist soil. They may lay up to 400 eggs. They have several generations per year. Their presence is often indicated by the male’s chirping which occurs both day and night.
Field crickets are typically found in moist situations such as mulched areas, un-weeded plant beds, in and around wood piles, and stones and debris when around buildings. They are attracted in great numbers to electric lights.
They do not spread diseases, but can be an extreme nuisance when in large numbers inside structures. Outdoors, they can cause damage to plants and vegetable crops.
Remove or eliminate moist harborage sites such as leaf piles, mulch piles or other vegetation. Seal cracks and crevices well to prevent structural entry. Some other aids are keeping lawns mowed, weeding plant beds, and removing wood piles near the structure. Change outdoor lighting to less attractive yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps.