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 Charter # 133

 

CRICKETS

VARIETIES OF CRICKETS
  • House and Field Crickets
  • Camel Crickets
  • Tree Crickets
  • Ground Crickets
  • Jerusalem Crickets
  • Mole Cricket

The house cricket, the field cricket and the camel are the pest which occasionally invade the home. They may injure clothes and other materials.

Crickets were introduced into the U.S. in the 18th century.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

House and field crickets are 3/4 to 1 inch in length.

Jerusalem crickets may exceed 3 inches in length and are also known as a "Potato Bug".

Crickets like warm climates.

Usually found outdoors in moist areas, they do not survive for long indoors.

They are attracted to light.

They make chirping sounds by rubbing front wings together to attract females.

The final development of wings and wing covers furnishes the means whereby the male cricket can produce his familiar chirping sound
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FEEDING HABITS

During the day they like cracks and crevices and forage at night for food.

They feed on vegetable or field crops, also on other insects, or other crickets.

They can do damage to fabric, leather and fur and are especially destructive to silk and woolens
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REPRODUCTION

Crickets lay anywhere from 150 to 400 eggs at a time. Eggs take from 78 to 90 days to mature.

They usually produce one generation per year but occasionally two.

95% overwinter in the egg stage. These eggs hatch around May, although temperature is the main factor.

Newly hatched crickets can walk, run, and jump immediately after hatching
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TREATMENT

Most infestations of crickets can be controlled with the regular Pest-A-Way Barrier.

 

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