Oh that unmistakable sound… a cricket is hiding somewhere! In ancient China and Japan crickets were considered a symbol of good luck and respect. They were kept as pets, housed in golden cages, and revered for their beautiful melodies.
Today crickets can be more a source of nuisance than enjoyment. They spend their days in shallow burrows beneath stones, under clods of dirt and logs or in the tuft of plants. They are most active at night and the male crickets chirp can be extremely loud. Air temperature influences chirping rates; the warmer the night, the faster they chirp. They feed on just about anything including plants, dead insects, seeds, leather, paper and are especially fond of wool and silk. They can create an immense amount of damage in a very short time.
Many types of crickets may cause damage to paper or fabrics when large numbers of them are present. Clothing stained with food or perspiration is especially subject to attack.
The house and field crickets usually feed on plants.
The reddish brown, wingless insects are about the size of an apple seed.
Easy to identify by their wormlike bodies, slender antennae and pairs of legs on most of their body segments.
Cockroaches are typically dark brown in color and as long as 1½-inches in length.
Oh that unmistakable sound... a cricket is hiding somewhere!
Fleas are small, reddish-brown, wingless insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals.
Grasshoppers are known for their long hind legs which they use to make a chirping sound.
June bugs get their name from the time of year they emerge from the ground. They are blackish or reddish brown in color.
The ladybug is also known as 'ladybird' or 'lady beetle' and is typically 7 millimeters in size.
Moths are known for their distinctive pair of wings, which are drab in color and typically resemble earth tones like brown, white, gray or black.