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House Cricket Pest Profile

house_cricket_02 house_cricket_01Common Name:
House Cricket

Scientific Name:
Acheta domestica

Order and Family:
Gryllidae, True Crickets

Description:
Male 5/8-3/4″ (15-19 mm), female 5/8-7/8″ (15-21 mm). Stout, almost cylindrical. Yellowish brown. Hind wings at rest project beyond abdomen and cerci.

Food:
Crumbs and food scraps.

Life Cycle:
Eggs are deposited singly in cracks and crevices during almost any season. Nymphs and adults are present year-round. Females emit a chemical repellent that causes other females to disperse and start families elsewhere.

Habitat:
Mostly indoors, in bakeries, breweries, and kitchens.

Range:
Almost worldwide.

Discussion:
The House Cricket is often an indoor nuisance because of its continuous chirping. It emerges most often at night to seek vegetable refuse.

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