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How Long Do Crickets Live


Summary: If you have crickets in your home one of the first questions you want answered is, how long do crickets live. Fortunately, adult crickets do not live too long, but it all depends on the species. Read this article to learn the lifespan of various crickets and learn a few tips on how to keep them out of your home.

Oh, the life of a cricket! Lying about in the sun all day and singing love songs all night long. That's the good life, for sure, but not if you're on the receiving end of those cricket calls. Once you start hearing them inside your home you can't seem to get them out of your mind. So, exactly how long do crickets live? I'd like to mark my calendar to know when I'm going to get some peace and quiet.

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Field cricket

Let's start with field crickets which commonly thrive outdoors during the warm summer months. However, when fall sets in and temperatures cool down, field crickets have to adjust their habitats. One way for them to survive is by moving indoors. The field cricket packs up its belongings, buckles up the kids, and heads for the nearest building it can find. The easiest path for them to get indoors is through a tear in a window screen or via a crack in the foundation of the structure. If the cricket cannot find a place to live indoors, it will most often expire by winter.

Some field crickets have adapted to cold weather. As temperatures drop and food becomes scarce, it goes through diapause. There are two types of diapause. One is obligatory diapause where the animal or insect must do this during some stage of its development. The other is facultative diapause when the animal or insect goes to sleep when something bad is going to happen. 

Another way to explain diapause is to think of the last time you had a really bad day. You might have fallen into bed and hoped that you could sleep for a week wishing your problems would go away. Well, field crickets do this, too. It essentially sleeps through its problems. Its metabolism slows down and it goes dormant. In this altered state, field crickets do not have to worry about finding food, thus allowing it to survive the winter. Different from hibernation.

Mole crickets typically live about one year. These crickets can survive the cold months by overwintering. Don't worry, though. If you had an infestation of mole crickets in the fall, only the adults will make it through a visit from Jack Frost. Young mole crickets cannot survive freezing temperatures. When spring rolls around again, make sure to get rid of the adult crickets quickly before they reproduce. Otherwise, you'll have a whole lot of them on your hands.

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House crickets only live about two to three months. You are probably able to infer from their name that they can survive indoors. This species is more than willing to visit you in the winter as long as your furnace is pumping out warm air. However, in the summer, they are more likely to live outside. House crickets can also be found near garbage dumps. The waste contained in dumps can give off enough heat to warm the crickets for a short time.

There are a couple of strange reasons why house crickets do not live as long as other species. First, some house crickets die shortly after reproducing. Second, house crickets may have trouble finding food when vegetation has stopped growing. If this is the case, it may turn to eating other house crickets to survive. It may even eat its young. The young crickets don't stand a chance against a hungry parent.

If you have heard chirping in your home and suspect that crickets are hanging around, you shouldn't have to deal with the noise for very long. Once a cricket reaches the adult stage of development, it typically only lives about three weeks or so. If it is indoors and cannot find food, it may die even faster. The exception to the rule being the camel or cave cricket which can survive two or more years.

The following list includes ways to get rid of crickets, if you can't stand the thought of them driving you crazy for three weeks.

Tips to prevent or get rid of crickets:

• Replace any window screens or doors screens that have rips or tears in them.

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foundation cracks

• Seal cracks in the foundation of your home.

• After raking leaves, keep the pile away from the sides of your house. Crickets tend to congregate in stacks of debris.

• Make sure to mow your lawn on a regular basis. Be sure to mow down tall grass growing along the foundation walls. The taller the grass, the more attractive it becomes to crickets.

• Move garbage cans away from your house.

• Clean your gutters out at least once every few months, as crickets may gather in any leaves stuck there.

• Eliminate clutter in basements and garages

That last task is usually the one that makes us reconsider just how badly we really want to get rid of those crickets. Such is life! Work or lay about in the sun. Oh, to be a cricket!

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heidi
22 Jan 2011, 20:45
It is only the male crickets that sing.
They do so to attract females.
Ray
14 Feb 2011, 20:36
I love crickets. Their singing relaxes me so much it actually puts me to sleep. I totally agree with Mike Anders, it feels like you 're camping. So when one comes inside the house I'll just let him come and go as he pleases. So don't kill them. If their singing bothers you just try to chase them out.
Thomas
03 May 2011, 00:17
I let Camelback's into my house on purpose. I used to have a problem with Brownrecluse spiders. These crickets have taken care of this problem. I do not like bug sprays, and camels are quite. Some times one will startle me, when its a big two year or so old, as ther so big. spiders do not stand a chnce with these guys. Or any bug for that matter.
Ashley
26 May 2011, 20:09
So, I found a cricket with no hind legs and decided to take it into my care. I know how to take care of it but today when I found the cricket (which I nicknamed Cue) in it's bin it wouldn't move. I thought for sure it was dead. But it seemed to be in some sort of 'hibernation' maybe this is the case... I placed it outside and I don't think it's moved so if it ever moves I guess I'll know what happened. Anyways this was pretty helpful. I'm not a cricket expert or anything but oh well. *shrug*
Helen
28 May 2011, 01:46
I am curious to know why I keep finding crickets in my house, missing their back legs. When I find crickets I put them outside, but without back legs, the ants eat them alive. I'm wondering if perhaps there is some residue of insect spray on the floor or something that might be causing this, because I don't remember this happening before. These crickets don't eat the legs, they just crawl away and then slowly seem to die. Would like to know if this a natural part of there life cycle and if it's not, I'd like to know why this is happening. Any advice is appreciated.
Thanks.
Ask the Exterminator
28 May 2011, 07:41
It is not unusual for nymphs to be born without hind legs. They are also know to cannibalize themselves by eating their own legs in order to avoid starvation in times when food isn't plentiful.
Helen
29 May 2011, 04:20
Thank you so much for your answer. This does help!
brianf
16 Jul 2011, 17:15
do you now how to find mole crickets?
I hate cave crickets
04 Jul 2012, 10:06
We had a small problem with field crickets downstairs in our bilevel home. I believe the cave crickets followed and stayed because they were eating the field crickets. After 4 years of misery, we finally found out how they were getting in - water had damaged some of the cinderblock of our foundation BELOW GRADE. Of course we had inspected and caulked/sealed all around the perimeter but never saw or suspected where the actual problem was- underground.
I would strongly advise anyone with any unresolved bug problem to do a little excavation around your foundation - especially on the corners where your leaders and downspouts are. The base of the cinderblock corner was crumbling like a graham cracker crust and the buggers were waltzing right in.
Catherine
24 Aug 2012, 02:41
I used to enjoy the " singing" before I moved into a cricket infested apartment. Yes, they eat spiders and they aren't filthy. Heck they don't pose any threat at all, but if I wanted to live with them, I would pitch a tent outside and save thousands on rent. I see them in my nightmares. The sound drives me crazy. I have tried sealing all cracks I can find- but once I think they may be gone, one jumps out in front of me to say hello. I have tried spectracide and ortho inside and outside the perimeter of my apartment. I am not renewing my lease, but can I get a little peace??
Becca
01 Sep 2012, 07:59
Those people sticking up for crickets must live in cooler climates. The warmer it is, the more the cricket chirps, and here in Az, their chirping is like one long, shrill thrumming. It is NOT peaceful! I have a cricket hanging out under my bathroom vanity and it's kept me awake for the past four nights. Very loud, very grating. And for those who asked, crickets without back legs can not chirp as the sound is made by rubbing their legs together.
Lovelyn
04 Sep 2012, 14:14
Thank God, i just got rid of that annoying cricket in my room.
Bill
16 Sep 2012, 06:57
Crickets always get into my house in August and September, but I have found how to keep them out of my bedreoom so that they don't wake me up at night. I put glue boards all along the bottom of the door, just inside my room. Now, when they try to sneak under the door, they get stuck and are immediately silenced as they become more concerned with their freedom than finding a mate. And by the way,crickets make noise by rubbing their wings together, not their legs. I like using the glue boards as there is no poison involved. But it would not be a good idea if you have a pet dog or cat that might get the glue board stick to its paw.
Poo
29 Sep 2012, 06:34
We have over a dozen or more crickets in the garage, laundry room and basement. Sometimes I catch a couple in the kitchen and 2nd floor bathroom/bedroom. We have sprayed and killed a few of the adult crickets, but they keep coming back. How do we get rid of these nasty annoying crickets.
Bill
02 Oct 2012, 08:58
Maybe if you got a pet lizard and let him run loose in your house, he would catch all the crickets.
Lornah
26 Oct 2012, 21:49
Where are the crickets coming from in my apartment. I live on the second floor. Theyre everywhere and theu are huge.
kellie
27 Jun 2013, 12:05
I have camelback crickets with the long jumping legs. I LOVE THESE LITTLE ANGELS! They have to hang to molt (shed their skin) and sometimes they will fall from basement cracks trying to mokt if they're in the house and I have cats so I try to save all of them from cats and claw holes in their little bodies): they are so cute. Today I watch a mommy and baby reunite and the mommy was taking care of baby. At first I thought it was attacking the little one but NO SHE WAS CARRING BABY TO A CORNER THEN SLEPT SIDE BY SIDE. U no when a mommy is taking care of a baby. They don't bite and the first thing I do is get spring water and soak it up with a cotton ball since they can drowned and the suck a little piece like a nipple and drink. They come in when it rains a lot or if its too hot outside. There r about 1000 babies that hatched last week and they're getting big enuf to see now. These little guys r cute and very intelligent.very smart. If u pick one up b care full Cuz u can rip their legs off and the needs them to get to food and water. They won't heart u and u should leave them b if their not bothering u or it needs help from injury.
T
31 Aug 2013, 03:32
Just killed a huge cricket to find a baby one. Now it's gone into hiding. I live in an apt, where would they hide?
Mr. X
27 Sep 2013, 02:27
In my house I have found crickets with only one back leg and they've been like this for the last few years. Why is this? I put them outside can they regrow a leg?
Ask the Exterminator
27 Sep 2013, 10:17
Cricket legs do not grow back after they break off. However, crickets can continue to live without legs.
A Person
22 May 2014, 22:18
this has no good info i need info from the egg to an adult for a report :(
Bob
12 Jul 2014, 15:12
I saw a large number of camel crickets in the Spring season; however, they have disappeared in the Summer season. Is this usual or due to the fact that I have been using Niban around the house perimeter? Will they be back in the Fall or next Spring? Thanks in advance.
Ask the Exterminator
12 Jul 2014, 17:57
I'm sure the Niban helps keep doing the same thing and it should keep the population in check.
Tina
21 Jul 2014, 03:54
I've had a cricket of some sort beside my fridge which is a built in fridge. Can't get to it, can't really even spray bug killer in there the fridge is fitted so tightly between wood and cabinets. How can I get to it? Should I call a carpenter to pull out my fridge or a pest control company to somehow spray and kill it? Of course its been here for nearly 2 months, I can't stand the noise at night any longer. I live in Hawaii, but keep my house quite cool inside. Thanks for any suggestions you can afford me. Tina
Justin
06 Aug 2014, 20:44
I have a cricket inside my house. It will start chirping at around 7pm all the way till early morning. It's is very persistent it will not stop. I work mornings so this is making it very hard for me to sleep. I have looked under my sink in the laundry room by the trash can, under my crawl space and still have no luck. I'm going crazy. People that said they like the sound of them singing come spend one night in my house. Any suggestions on where he/they may be? If all else fails I'll be my house this weekend and hope for the best. I don't want to do that though.
Ask the Exterminator
07 Aug 2014, 10:28
Put out lots of flat glue boards along baseboards in the area where you think the cricket is hiding. You will capture it after a night or so.
Fran
10 Aug 2014, 00:49
We get a lot of crickets on the stucco along one side of the house only. Quite a few got into the house through cracks at the bottom of the wall. I just sealed it up and hope it helps. Why are they only attracted to one outside wall? It's the south wall if it matters.
Adriana
15 Aug 2014, 22:33
Hi, I'm desperate I think there's a cricket inside my microwave. It only crickets at night and we've narrowed it down to the microwave, I know it sounds crazy, but we've unplugged the microwave and move it to another location and the cricketing comes from the microwave. It's not inside when you open it so it must be trapped some where in the back, I don't know how to get rid of it. I boiled water inside for an hour hoping the steam would kill it and nothing! Next night it started cricketing again... It will not let me sleep! Can someone please help me find some ideas on how to get rid of it, besides throwing away the microwave it's pretty new!!! Thank you I appreciate it!
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