Are crickets in my house a bad thing? If I hear crickets in my basement should I be worried?
The sounds of crickets can be pleasant and even one of the best parts of spending time outdoors. Especially during the warmer spring and summer months here in North Carolina. However, you probably see that cricket-chirping in an entirely different light if you hear it coming from inside your own house! If you have crickets in your house, you may know them not as part of nature’s orchestra, but rather as that bug that is keeping you from getting any sleep at night. If you have crickets in your house or basement, there is no cause for major concern for you or your family. In general, crickets are not harmful to humans or animals. They can bite, but they do not usually bite humans and when they do on rare occasion, their bite rarely breaks the skin.
However, this does not mean that crickets are entirely harmless or that you should be ok having them in your home. Crickets love to chew on things and if there is no vegetation around they will happily chew on your curtains, wallpaper, upholstered furniture, anything they can find in your home. If you have crickets in your home, call Clegg’s Pest Control at (888) MRCLEGG and schedule your FREE General Pest Control Inspection. We are experts in the identification and extermination of pests, including crickets. Our team will quickly and effectively remove any crickets from your property, and rescue you from being kept up all night by these pesky insects!
What is the NC camel cricket?
Thanks to their long spindly legs and creepy looking bodies, camel crickets in NC look like they hopped out of some kind of nightmare. They make normal crickets and grasshoppers look almost cuddly by comparison! They are sometimes called “jumping spiders” due to their almost spider-like appearance and their habit of jumping around your basement, and onto you if you happen to get close enough. However, despite their fearsome appearance they pose very little threat to humans. They are becoming increasingly common in North Carolina, and if you have ever ventured into a basement or crawlspace in NC, you know how little fun it is to run across a group of them in the dark!
If you have camel crickets in your home or business, call our Clegg’s Pest Control team at (888) MRCLEGG and request your FREE inspection, or contact us online. Our team of pest control pros will quickly and effectively identify and remove any camel crickets from your home! We even offer Prompt and Efficient Service to most NC residents to deal with the problem as quickly as possible, so you can spend more time relaxing and less time running from camel crickets in your crawlspace!
What is difference between a cricket and a grasshopper?
There are many different species of crickets and grasshoppers native to North Carolina. To those outside of the pest control industry, it can be difficult to recognize the difference between the two, as they are very similar in appearance. However, there are a few different features of each insect that help to tell them apart.
- The biggest difference that can help you to tell the two apart visually, is that crickets tend to have very long antennae, while grasshoppers tend to have shorter antennae
- Grasshoppers stridulate (fancy word for ‘sing’) by rubbing their hind legs against their wings, while crickets actually rub their wings together to sing
- Crickets typically come out at dusk or early evening, while grasshoppers are happy to spend the whole day out and about
Check out the picture below, which illustrates the differences between the two critters:
Got crickets in your crawlspace? Call Clegg’s Pest Control!
If you have crickets, grasshoppers, or other unwanted pests in your home or business, call our Clegg’s Pest Control team at (888) MRCLEGG and schedule your FREE General Pest Control Inspection today. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, we have proudly served the people of North Carolina by protecting their homes and businesses from pests for over 5 decades. We are ready and waiting to put that experience to work for you as well! Call us and let us get to work protecting you and your family from pests today.