Crickets are somewhat grasshoppers and more closely related to katydids or bush crickets (family Tettigoniidae). They have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae. There are about 900 species of crickets. They tend to be nocturnal and are often confused with grasshoppers because they have a similar
body structure including jumping hind legs.
Crickets are omnivores and scavengers feeding on organic materials, as well as decaying plant material, fungi, and some seedling plants. Crickets also have been known to eat their own dead when there is no other source of food available.
Crickets mate in late summer and lay their eggs in the fall. The eggs hatch in the spring and they usually hatch in groups of 2,000. Female crickets have a long needlelike egg-laying organ.
Crickets are popular as a live food source for carnivorous pest like frogs, lizards, salamanders, and spiders. Feeding crickets with nutritious food in order to pass the nutrition onto animals that eat them is known as gut loading.
Crickets are also eaten by humans in some cultures.
Life Cycle Of Cricket
Crickets are an excellent example of incomplete metamorphosis. The immature crickets (nymphs) appear similar to the adults, but do not have fully developed wings. As they grow, the wing pads can be observed (not all species of crickets have wings). Crickets grow in length each time they molt.
Crickets can be brown or black with long antennae. They often hold their wings flat over their body. The female cricket can be identified by the presence of a long tube-like structure on the back of its abdomen. This "ovipositor" is for laying eggs.
Crickets are pests that can destroy a nation's economy. They can destroy a whole crop field. In some cases they can even damage fabric and grain stock. They may carry some germs which can cause skin disorder. Crickets sometimes causes disturbance in traffic too.
Control & Prevention Tips
Crickets can be controlled by using insecticide and that too by a professional. It is better to consult a
professional pest control company.