Crickets Pest Control Service
Crickets are a pest that many of us hear rather than see. They make a chirping sound which can be a great background noise on an outdoors summer night. However, if these bugs get indoors the chirps can be more than annoying. They can prevent people from sleeping. While you might not think of crickets as destructive pests, they are. They not only eat food, glues, and paper, but they will also eat different types of fabric.
There are four types of true crickets: house, field, ground, and tree. They all resemble grasshoppers. All of these types of crickets can get into your houses, where they can destroy furniture and fabrics and make noise. They are particularly noisy around light sources. If you have vegetation in the garden, crickets can be devastating. Depending on the type of cricket, they can target shrubs, vegetables, and even fruit trees.
Flick’s Gold Home Protection Plan will help you to keep your home free from crickets and other pests. Our Home Protection Plans include a 12-month warranty and provide affordable protection for your home. You can find out more about our Gold Plan here.
From Preparation to Treatment
Because there are many different types of crickets in Australia, our professional cricket pest management team will begin by identifying your infestation.
If you have questions, you can call us on 1300 270 019 for assistance.
The specific type of cricket you are struggling with will largely depend on where you live and what there is to feed on.
Once we know where to start and the type of species, we can choose the appropriate cricket pest treatment to ensure total cricket control.
Shield Your Family & Home Year Round from Crickets
Flick's Home Protection Plans
Flick's Home Protection Plans provide effective and affordable protection for your home and family from a wide range of pests. Our Gold plan includes preventive measures to stop crickets from entering your home in the first place, as well as reactive and emergency cricket pest control services if needed. All plans come with a 12-month warranty* and easy monthly payments. With a variety of plans to choose from, you can find a plan that meets your specific needs and budget. Contact your local Flick branch to see if Home Protection is available in your area and begin shielding your family from crickets today!
Common Cricket Questions
How common are crickets in Australia?
There are over 200 species of crickets in Australia, making them very common. They can be found in all states and territories, and in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and deserts.
What do crickets eat?
Crickets are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. Their diet typically consists of leaves, flowers, insects, and other small animals. Crickets also play an important role in the ecosystem by helping to control populations of insect pests.
How can I get rid of crickets in my home?
There are a few things you can do to get rid of crickets if you have them in your home. These include sealing up any cracks or gaps in your home where crickets may be entering and keeping your home clean and free of clutter, as this will reduce the amount of food and habitat available to crickets.
What is the most common cricket in Australia?
The most common cricket in Australia is the Black Field Cricket (Teleogryllus commodus), which is found throughout Australia in a variety of habitats.
Do crickets make noise all the time?
No, crickets do not make noise all the time. Male crickets chirp to attract females and to defend their territory. Crickets are also more likely to chirp when the temperature is warm.
Adult House Crickets are about 19 – 22mm long and are light yellowish brown in colour with three dark crossbands on their head. Nymphs don’t have wings but otherwise look similar to adults. While House Crickets aren’t a health risk to humans, they can cause damage to property, especially clothing, carpets and areas covered in fabric. These crickets surface feed, leaving the fabric area roughened by pulling fibres loose while eating.
House Crickets generally live outdoors during the warmer seasons, often around garbage dumps. They are attracted to electric lights. When the weather is colder, house crickets move indoors to houses and sheds because the shelters provide more moisture and warmth.
Black Field Cricket
Black Field Crickets are jet black, and are generally heard rather than seen. They have a complex song and are able to amplify their call to sound as if it is coming from somewhere else. Similar to other crickets, Black Field Crickets sing at night, and their sound is produced by the male rubbing his wings together. The Black Field Cricket has a life span of only a few months and during this time the female lays around 2,000 eggs.
Black Field crickets live in urban areas, forests and heath. They are the most common cricket in Australia and are often encountered in suburban backyards. During the day, Black Field Crickets hide in vegetation or cracks in the soil and at night they emerge to feed on decaying plant material and insect remains.
Tree Crickets aren’t often seen but they are often heard. They can be attracted to lights at night. Adult Tree Crickets are about 12 – 25mm long. These crickets eat a wide variety of foods, including soft-bodied insects, leaves, flowers, and fruits.
Most Tree Crickets are delicate, pale green insects that blend in with their surroundings. Although, many tree crickets live in trees, others live in shrubs or in tall herbaceous plants such as goldenrods, grasses, or thistles.
Ground Crickets are less than 12mm long. These small crickets are scavengers that feed on a wide variety of plants and other insects. Similar to Black Field Crickets, Ground Crickets are attracted to lights and very large numbers may be present on the pavement under street and store lights in the early night. They can wander indoors as accidental invaders. Large numbers of Ground Crickets inside the house can result in damage to fabrics, paper and other household materials.
The species and is not generally found in drier upland or sandy habitats. Ground Crickets live around grassy areas, mowed paths, wetland edges, and almost any other relatively open area that’s not too dry. This species is not a woodland species and is not generally found in drier upland or sandy habitats.