In many cultures and even for some Americans having crickets in your house is a sign of good luck. Cricket outbreaks are one of the most predictable pest events of the year in most areas. Crickets belong to the insect order Orthoptera group. The largest cricket outbreaks seem to occur during years of dry springs and summers. Field cricket eggs are laid in the fall; approximately two weeks after females mature and develop wings.
Crickets may occasionally wander into the house, particularly in the fall, when it’s cooler at night and insects are looking for warm places to spend the winter. Field and house crickets are strongly attracted to bright lights, and they can enter the house through open doors or cracks in doors, window frames, foundation or siding. Crickets don’t usually lay eggs or live very long inside homes they usually die in the fall or early winter.
Crickets are a nuisance with their presence and noise. Colonies in rubbish dumps can migrate into houses, causing great distress. They are also prone to damage fabric and foodstuffs.
Field crickets are primarily outdoor insects, and as such are only accidental indoor invaders. Nevertheless, they can become a considerable household nuisance when abundant. Unlike house crickets (the species commonly sold in stores as pet food), field crickets do not breed indoors or establish permanent indoor infestations.
Indoors, crickets may damage clothing, drapes or wall coverings with staining from feces or vomitus, or by their feeding activities. Although crickets do not normally feed on fabrics, soiled clothing or clothes stained with perspiration may be damaged by crickets. They do not attack clean clothes. However, they find body soil, food and beverage stains and laundry starch very attractive. The cricket will eat the remains of the stain and during its feast will often cut the threads of the fabric.
During severe outbreaks, crickets can create an aesthetically unacceptable situation around places of business. Dead crickets quickly pile up, causing odors; and many people are repelled by the sight of large numbers of crickets on walls and sidewalks around offices and stores.
Cricket season takes hold in Central Texas
By Sophia Beausoleil, September 14, 2015, kxan
“The best indication of a cricket outbreak is past history and in the past, Texas has experienced big cricket outbreaks,” explained Alex Wild, Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas.
He said those outbreaks in past years happened when there was a lot of food for crickets to eat, followed by a dry summer and then rain at the end of summer.
“Only time can tell, it looks like it might be a good season, but until we see the washes of crickets piling up on our porches, it’s going to be hard to predict,” said Wild.
Exterminators like Joe Cantu, Vice President of Operations for Bug Master, said they tend to see more cricket activity between August and September.
“It’s one of those pests where nobody wants to have around. It’s a nuisance pest, they’re overwhelming, they really smell, so the phone starts ringing,” said Cantu.
Cricket take over Cape town
8th April 2017, News 24
The increasing cricket population in Cape Town has become a nuisance but they are harmless, the city said on Tuesday.
Scientists at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town concurred that the increase in the cricket population was a phenomenon experienced in many parts of the world, said James.
“It is likely as a result of climatic conditions, in particular the mild winter experienced last year coupled with the slightly wet summer, which favours the hatching of cricket eggs and has resulted in a population boom”, said James.
In the interim residents are urged to block any gaps in their homes through which crickets might enter.
Oklahoma City Crickets: Insects Invade Downtown, Overrun Storefronts, Terrorize OKC Residents
By Philip Ross on September 5, 2013, International Science Times
It’s a plague of biblical proportions. Throngs of crickets have ascended on Oklahoma City, covering doors, sidewalks and walls — really, any surface crickets can reach. Residents shudder at the teeming masses of crickets at their doorsteps and storefronts.
It’s a natural process, but a nuisance for the 592,000 residents of Oklahoma City who have to tread lightly lest they slip on a pile of copulating crickets.
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