Sitting outside at night listening to the crickets chirp is a wonderful way to pass an evening. When you are lying in bed trying to go to sleep at night that same sound isn't so pleasant. In fact, it can drive you right up the wall.
Crickets love to stay warm. In nice weather, like summers in the south, they are very happy to sit outside, feed around dumpsters and entertain us. But, and this is a big but, come colder weather they begin looking for a warm place to shelter and your home or shed can be very inviting to them. They will move right in and set up housekeeping. That is why many people call them House Crickets.
Crickets Multiply Quickly
That chirping sound that you will learn to hate so quickly is just the start of the big trouble that is to come. It is the mating call of the male cricket. He is rubbing his legs together in order to attract the ladies. You don't want this to happen in your home.
Female crickets will lay 5-10 eggs per day. Needless to say, with that type birth rate it won't take long for a single mating pair to become a full blown infestation.
They Will Eat You Out of House and Home
Once these evasive bugs are inside, House Crickets will devour clothes, rugs and any other fabrics they come across, including wool, cotton, silk and synthetics. If your clothing and curtains are in short supply they will also eat paper, fruits, vegetables, house plants and even rubber.
You can minimize the risk from house crickets by eliminating ground clutter around your yard and sealing cracks and crevices they may use as entry was to your home. Once they are inside though, you are going to need the services of a professional exterminator with experience searching out their nests and eliminating the House Crickets from your home.