Crickets are nocturnal insects that are known for chirping. They eat a variety of plant material, organic matter and occasionally other crickets. While they are harmless to humans, they can become pests if they enter the home and damage clothes and other fabrics.
Camel crickets are named for their humpbacked appearance. They are about ½ of an inch in size and dark brown in color. Outdoors, camel crickets are found in cool, moist locations including mulch, stones and woodpiles. Indoors, they may find their way into basements, garages and attics. Camel crickets have been known to eat holes in clothes and other fabrics. Control begins with removing the cool, moist environments, which they dwell. Entry points in the home should also be sealed.
As their name would suggest, house crickets can live indefinitely indoors. They are light, yellowish brown, and measure about ¾ of an inch long. When the weather is warm, they are typically found outdoors in garbage dumps, light poles and house walls. House crickets enter the home in search of moisture. They feed on wool, cotton, silk and other fabrics and are attracted to dirty clothes. Cricket control begins with removing their outdoor living environments by regular mowing, removing woodpiles and the like. Entryways to your property should also be thoroughly sealed. After those measures have been taken, the appropriate treatment may be applied.