Physical Characteristics

The adult house cricket is 3/4 to 7/8 inches long. They are typically light yellowish brown with three dark crossbands on the head.

House Cricket

House Cricket


The house cricket’s name comes from the fact that this cricket often enters homes where they can survive indefinitely, hence the house cricket. The house cricket feeds on wool, cotton and synthetics, resulting in large areas of fabric being eaten. The House cricket typically lives outdoors during warm weather, when cold weather is approaching they seek refuge inside homes and sheds. Their presence is often indicated by the males’ chirping sound which occurs either day or night and is known as a calling song used to attract females.


Crickets are classified as occasional invaders, and if they’re getting into your house, it’s by mistake. Your Clark technician can point out ways to keep them outside, where they belong. This integrated pest management (IPM) practice is called exclusion.

Latin name: Acheta domesticus