Crickets (Order Orthoptera)

Pest Management In and Around Structures October 28, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF
Management of Pest Insects

in and Around the Home


Crickets (Order Orthoptera)

Camel cricket
Field crickets (Gryllidae: Gryllus spp.): Body dark brown with enlarged hind legs for jumping; about 3/4 inch. Habits: Found outdoors in wood piles and under flat items, such as boards, lying on the ground. Adult populations peak in late Summer. Interventions: Follow suggestions under section titled Proactive Pest Management. It is especially important to eliminate harborage and install doorsweeps. Spread granular bait in areas where crickets are found. If desired, apply an appropriately labeled residual spray directly to crickets (spray only outdoors). Might Be Confused With: various cockroach species, camel crickets. Camel crickets (Rhaphidophoridae): Up to 1.5 inches, mottled gray/brown, hump-backed crickets with large hind legs that enable it to jump high and far. Camel crickets have long, slender antennae.

Field cricket
Habits

Camel crickets are common inhabitants of  crawlspaces, wall voids, basements, sheds, and other areas where humidity is high. They are commonly found living in the same areas as smokybrown cockroaches and cellar spiders. Interventions: Properly ventilate, dehumidify, or otherwise dry those areas where camel crickets are found. Spread granular bait or apply gel bait in areas where camel crickets are found. If desired, apply a spot treatment with an appropriately labeled residual spray to those areas where camel crickets are found. Might Be Confused With: various cockroach species, field crickets.

Contents

Food, Shelter, Man Made Harborages, Exterior Vegetation, Water
Other Proactive Pest Management Practices

Crickets (Order Orthoptera)
Cockroaches (Order Blattaria)
Termites (Order Isoptera)
True Bugs (Order Hemiptera)
Beetles (Order Coleoptera)
Moths (Order Lepidoptera)
Flies (Order Diptera)
Ants, Bees, and Wasps (Order Hymenoptera)
Minor Orders of Insects – Occasional Pests
Non-Insectan Arthropods

 

 


About this Publication

This article is part of the publication, "Management of
Pest Insects in and Around the Home" is a guide to
quick identification of 75 pests, including more than
120 color photos.

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Authors

Daniel R. Suiter
Brian T. Forschler
Lisa M. Ames
E. Richard Hoebeke

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.