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Field Cricket Exterminators

Class: Insect
Color: Black or brown
Size: ½ to 1 ¼ inches long
Legs: 6, with powerful back legs for jumping
Diet: Seeds, plants, living and dead insects
Predators: Birds, frogs, toads, turtles, other insects
Hazard: Minimal in small numbers; can damage clothing, furniture and more if they invade in larger numbers
Interesting Fact: The female field cricket has an oval, sword-like laying tube—an ovipositor—at the tip of their abdomen. This enables them to deposit eggs directly into moist, warm soil.

Field Crickets’ Chirping May Signal A Problem

Do you hear chirping in your basement during the summer months? You may have field crickets paying you a visit.

Field crickets are occasional invaders of homes, attracted to moist, dark places like basements and crawl spaces. They usually live outdoors in woodpiles, under stones and in yard debris, but may come inside if they are attracted to an indoor light or find a crack they can slip through.

How do you know if you’re looking at a field cricket? Here are some things to identify them by:

  • Black or brown in color
  • Six legs, with large, powerful hind legs
  • ½ to 1 ¼ inches long
  • Long thread-like antennae

Cricket Singing & Dancing

Although both males and female field crickets sing, the male sings loudest and most often—day and night during the mating season. Once a male attracts a female he performs a courtship dance before mating.

The field cricket nymphs hatch after 15 to 25 days. They look like the adult field crickets but don’t have wings. The nymphs become adults in about 12 weeks.

Field crickets like to eat seeds, plants including grass, ragweed and chicory, small fruits, living and dead insects and sometimes each other.

How To Keep Crickets Out of Your House

Adult field crickets won’t be able to survive the winter months in your home, so your problem will likely disappear at that time. Though that’s good news, it’s not much consolation if you’re dealing with large numbers of crickets now.

Field crickets have the ability to damage clothing, furniture, rugs, and rubber materials. They may also damage agricultural crops outside.

To keep field crickets out of your home:

  • Inspect and seal up cracks with screens, caulking, insulating foam, etc.
  • Move hiding places (like mulch and woodpiles) away from the home’s foundation
  • Use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from your basement
  • Replace white lights with yellow lights, which aren’t as attractive to bugs
  • Vacuum them up when you see them (don’t forget to empty the container)


If you live in Baltimore, Catonsville, Lochearn, Pikesville, Towson or the surrounding areas, and are worried about the damage that field crickets are doing to your possessions—or if you’re just tired of all the chirping in your basement—give Brody Brothers a call today at 443-379-8857 or contact us online. We’re here to help.

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