One of the first memories of crickets that many of us have is Jiminy Cricket singing and dancing, striking poses on Pinocchio’s shoulder on his quest to become a real boy. Unfortunately, they don’t sing in real life, but they make extremely loud chirping noises. In fact, crickets are so much associated with the noises that the word itself is derived from Olde French, as people thought the noise went “criquet… criquet… criquet.”
These high-jumping nuisances, up to three feet, can sing songs that often last throughout entire night. Several species have become quite the bother for New Jersey residents. These four are the tree, the field, the house, and the camel, also known as the cave cricket.
While there are over 2,400 species, they are all not known for the loud noises they make. Two quiet ones are the camel cricket, which doesn’t chirp because they don’t have wings like others, and the less common spider cricket. The ones that do, however, do so for multiple reasons. Only males use the chirping sounds, and the two most common reasons are to attract females with the courtship song and to ward off other males with their fighting song. The noise is created by rubbing a “scraper” on their forewing across a row containing 50-250 small teeth on the opposite wing. The frequency of the noises depends on how many teeth are hit, like running your fingers over he bristles of a comb and vary between species. Both sexes have sensitive hearing organs, which allow them to react to each other accordingly.
They are viewed around the world in a variety of different ways. In parts of Europe and Asia, they are viewed as a sign of prosperity, while in Native American cultures, a chirping cricket can represent anything from good luck to bad (especially inside the home), to a sign of wisdom. In Bergen and the surrounding counties, when residents have crickets in their homes or infesting their property, they turn to the top-rated experts, New Day Pest Control, to handle the problem. This issue isn’t one you want to ignore, as it can turn into an overwhelming infestation in just a few weeks.
Because crickets are not choosy eaters, they can consume everything from paper, furs, and fabrics, to building materials such as wood, rubber, and leather. The house cricket earned its name because they can enter a home and, without intervention, live out the rest of their lives without ever relocating.
If the constant chirping has given you one too many sleepless nights, and you’re ready to do something about the issue, New Day Pest Control is here for you. With years of experience in the field taking care of many insects and other pests, our experts can handle the problems you send our way. Residents of Bergen, Passaic, and Essex Counties, contact us today for a free estimate and to get started on a plan to make your home pest-free. In the meantime, try lowering the temperature in your home or business. It won’t kill them, but temperatures under 80 degrees can reduce the chirping.