Crickets are an insect in the Arthopoda phylum, the Orthoptera order and the Gryllidae family. They are related to grasshoppers and katydids. There are over 900 different species of cricket, most of which are most active at night, where they are known for their chirping noises, which are part of their mating ritual.
What food do crickets eat?
Crickets are scavengers. They are also omnivores and will eat dead or weak insects, decaying plant materials, and small seedling plants. They will also eat fungus and, when inside a home, can eat paper or fabric.
Crickets are mainly an outdoor animal but do sometimes go indoors through windows or cracks in foundations. Field crickets' chirps can help you identify the temperature. The number of chirps in 15 seconds plus 40 is equal to the temperature Fahrenheit. They usually eat other dead or smaller insects, and for this reason are good for controlling garden pests. They will even eat other crickets. Indoors, they can eat fabric, such as cotton, silk, linen or wool. They are attracted to fabrics that contain either food stains or perspiration.
Camel crickets are a wingless type of cricket that live in cool dark areas. They can be found outside or in basements and other dark areas. They eat paper, not fabric.
House crickets are an outdoor type of cricket found in garbage dumps, where they eat other weak or dead insects. Indoors, they can cause a lot of damage to wool and silk fabrics, especially if they breed into large numbers.
Crickets are an important part of the ecosystem because they break down soil for plants. They also provide food for other beneficial animals, such as birds. They can be detrimental to an agricultural area by eating small seedling plants.
The best way to prevent crickets from entering into your house is by sealing any entry points, especially in the house's foundation. Any openings around doors or windows can be checked for cracks. Plants near the house can provide a hiding place for crickets and should be removed. Pruned brush and other garbage is best stored far from the house. Because some types of crickets are attracted to light, reducing outdoor light will also deter them.
Indoors, crickets eggs do not tend to survive, so controlling crickets indoors is relatively easy. They tend to die off in the winter. Outdoors, if crickets are a continuing problem, they can be controlled through the use of sticky traps. If necessary, diazinon or similar chemicals can be used as a last measure.
Crickets are eaten by birds, lizards and rodents. They can also be eaten by other bugs, such as beetles, wasps and spiders.