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House Crickets

Physical Characteristics

Yellowish-brown with 3 dark cross bands on the head.

Shape: Long, winged. They have long, slender antennae much longer than the body. Males and females look similar, but females have an ovipositor developing from the rear that gives them a long, slender appearance. The ovipositor is brownish-black, and is surrounded by two appendages.
Size: 16-21 mm in length
Legs: 6

Habitat

During warm weather, house crickets typically live outdoors and are especially fond of garbage dumps. Adults are very attracted to lights, and rest on vertical surfaces such as light poles and house walls. However, when cold weather approaches, they seek shelter in houses and sheds because of the moisture and warmth they provide.

Food Source

Outdoors, they can feed on plants, dead or live insects, including other crickets. Indoors, they can feed on fabric, eating large areas, leaving holes and are especially attracted to clothes soiled with perspiration.

Threats

Clothing and carpets can become damaged when house crickets enter homes. They typically feed on the surface, leaving the area roughened from pulling the fibers loose while eating.

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