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.
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.
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.
• 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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22 Jan 2011, 20:45
It is only the male crickets that sing.
They do so to attract females.
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
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.
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*
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.
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.
29 May 2011, 04:20
Thank you so much for your answer. This does help!
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
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
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??
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
04 Sep 2012, 14:14
Thank God, i just got rid of that annoying cricket in my room.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.