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Cooler Weather Brings Crickets Indoors in New Jersey

Why Are There So Many Crickets
Cricket Time

The cool weather brings with it thoughts of cozy winter nights spent indoors with family. It also brings one of New Jersey’s noisiest pest. Like many insects, crickets are nocturnal. But they are also unapologetic and unrelenting in their chirping. These males know their stridulation will attract females and notify other males to stay away. They also know to halt when you begin closing in on them.

It is better to prevent them from entering your home than to spend many sleepless nights hoping to silence these hopping songsters.

Temperature and crickets

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, late summer and early fall are when the common field crickets lay their eggs. A typical female will give birth to between 150 and 400 eggs. These eggs are buried in the soil and will hatch in the spring. The adults that do enter your home may not lay eggs indoors, but they can still be a nuisance.

While you lie awake in bed, you can calculate the ambient temperature by the rate of the cricket’s chirping. See Dolbear’s Law for specifics. Basically, they chirp faster when warm and slower in cold temperatures.

In addition to keeping weeds away from your home’s foundation and your crawl space free of moisture, contact the experts at Allison Pest Control for a perimeter pest control treatment of your property. Keep the crickets outside and make your own beautiful music indoors.

Cave Crickets May Denote a Moisture Problem

Why Are There So Many Crickets
Why Are There So Many Crickets

Cave crickets go by many names, camel crickets, spider crickets, sprickets, and stone crickets. Resembling the mutant spawn of a spider and a cricket or grasshopper, they are really just a nuisance pest, harmless to humans (except for scaring the daylights out of you and your children) and feeding mainly on fabrics and houseplants. They also possess the unfortunate (for you) skill of being able to jump over your shoulder and flee at warp speed when pursued. So why are these bizarre bugs taking over your home?

Cave crickets indicate moisture problems.
Cave crickets love moisture, since it is essential for their survival. Their presence is typically an indication of high humidity areas or moisture problems. Lower areas of your home that are damp and dark such as basements and crawlspaces, as well as moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries offer cave crickets the environment they need to thrive. Eliminating moisture problems in these areas will thus remedy your cave cricket problem, typically without the need for pesticides.

How to reduce conditions that attract camel crickets:

  • Immediately repair leaks and seek to reduce moisture levels in problem areas.
  • Add adequate ventilation to moisture prone areas such as kitchens, baths, and laundry.
  • Consider using a dehumidifier.
  • Seal gaps around doors and windows.
  • Repair foundation cracks.
  • Ensure A/C ductwork is properly sealed.
  • Move sprinklers away from your home.
  • Remove leaf clutter near your home.
  • Keep mulch levels below 2 inches.

Cave crickets crashing your pad? Contact Allison Pest Control today. Our experts have the experience necessary to identify cave cricket lures you may have overlooked and stop infestation once and for all.

Chirping Crickets: Good Luck or Annoying Nuisance?

In some cultures having a singing cricket in your house is considered good luck; but most Monmouth County, New Jersey home owners find these noisy insects more annoying than lucky. The high-pitched “song” of a cricket hiding somewhere in your basement or crawl space can be annoying enough to launch a late-night hunt for the offending nocturnal songster.

Failure to uncover the cricket’s hiding place can prevent Ocean County NJ homeowners from getting a good night’s sleep. Cricket song is like a dripping faucet. Just when you think it’s finally stopped, it chirps again!

The strident chirping sound that so annoys New Jersey homeowners is actually the insect’s mating call and is only made by male crickets. Crickets “chirp” by rubbing the top of one wing against the bottom of the other. Disturbance of a serrated, comb-like vein that runs along the bottom edge of both wings creates the chirping sound.

If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory on CBS, you’ll be interested to know that there actually is a cricket chirp equation that allows you to calculate ambient temperature from the rate at which a cricket chirps. Basically chirp rates get faster as temperatures rise and slow down as temperatures drop. Called Dolbear’s Law, the equation was developed by Professor A. E. Dolbear of Tufts College in 1897 (click the link to do the math).

You may have gotten a chuckle out of Sheldon and Wolowitz’s cricket argument, but a cricket in your Monmouth NJ home is no joke. Don’t lose another night’s sleep; call the cricket exterminators at Allison Pest Control.

Cave Crickets…What Are They?

Unlike crickets that find themselves trapped inside of the wall of your home, keeping you up at night as they chirp away, the cave cricket is a strange type of cricket.  Cave crickets are also known as “spider crickets” and “camel crickets”.  All three of their names fit them perfectly because of their appearance as well as where they choose to live.

Cave crickets have a humped back, hence the name “camel cricket”.  This type of cricket also has much larger legs than a typical field cricket. The legs resemble a large spider, hence the name “spider cricket”.

Unlike field crickets, cave crickets are commonly found in dark damp locations such as basements.  Cave crickets use their large legs for jumping great distances instead of chirping.  It is often reported that they tend to jump towards humans unlike other types of insects that jump away.  In actuality, cave crickets are most likely jumping towards people because of their poor eyesight, or perhaps just to scare us away as they have no means of defending themselves.

Cave crickets need moisture in order to survive.  Outdoors they can be found living among rotting logs, in leaf piles, and firewood.  They consume fungi, dead insects, plants, and decaying plant matter when outdoors.  When they come indoors they will seek areas of moisture and feed off of organic material.  Hungry crickets will also eat fabric and paper when food is scarce.

Although basically harmless, cave crickets are not the best houseguests.  NJ cave crickets can be removed by calling a Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional like Allison Pest Control.

The Sounds Of Crickets…Not So Pleasant To Be Around!

The sounds of crickets chirping may sound like natures lullaby to some, but for others, the sounds emitted from crickets, resemble fingernails being dragged across a chalkboard.  The incessant chirping from a cricket is not always considered to be good, especially when there are crickets, or even just one cricket that is chirping inside a wall.

Why do crickets chirp?

To the human ear, it might sound like all crickets chirp alike, but in fact, they don’t.  It might be surprising to learn that only male crickets have the ability to chirp.  Chirping is used by males for a variety of reasons.  Some songs that the male crickets chirp are intended on wooing a female cricket into a mating ritual.  This same song warns other crickets to stay out of a particular cricket’s territory.  Once the mating ritual is complete, yet another song is sung that is intended to ward off other would-be suitors that might be in the area looking to mate with the same female.  If a wondering male cricket enters another males territory, both crickets will create a song of chirping aggression which is very loud.  Eventually one or the other will head for the hills.  Crickets use a scraper and file on their legs to create the different melodies that can either be soothing or annoying.  Another interesting fact about these creatures is that they hear with the “ears” on their legs which is very sensitive to vibration and sound.

If chirping crickets are driving you mad in your NJ home or business, contact a Monmouth County NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control for cricket eradication.

Camelback Crickets Will Make You Jump

Finding camelback crickets in your basement, shed, garage, or crawlspace can make the bravest men jump out of their skin.  Who can blame them really?  They are a creepy looking insect that makes everyone squirm!

Camelback crickets receive their name from the distinctive hump that they have on their back.  They are also known as “spider crickets” because of their long legs and ability to jump extremely high and move at great speeds.  “Cave crickets” is another of their names which they have been given because of their propensity to live and breed in dark and damp environments.

Home or business owners will often notice an increase of camelback crickets when weather conditions have gone to the extreme from one way to the next.  These creepy looking critters may seek refuge indoors when there has been too much or not enough rainfall.  When it has been extremely hot Indoors, camelback crickets may head indoors as these pests require a good amount of cool and damp living conditions.

The only good thing we can say about camelback crickets is that they do not chirp like other types of crickets do; however, many people do find the chirping to be relaxing, as long as it is not inside of the walls of their home.  So maybe this trait does not make them as desirable.

Hiring a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control to provide your home or business with an exterior barrier pest control system will keep the pests out of all types of structures.