Besides being distracting when you are about to snooze, crickets can cause damage to your food, furs, fabrics, clothing, carpeting, wallpaper, wood and rubber. Also, crickets outside can cause damage to garden flowers, vegetable crops, and your yard that you work so hard on keeping greener than your neighbors.
- Interesting Facts
Food: Crickets are omnivores and scavengers feeding on organic materials, as well as decaying plant material, fungi, and seedling plants.
Habitat: Crickets live under rocks and logs in meadows, pastures and along roadsides. Many are nocturnal.
Predators: Spiders, some wasps, ground beetles, birds, small rodents and lizards are cricket predators.
- Interesting Behaviors
To act mates, males produce a sound made by rubbing their forewings against each other. The resulting chirping sound is picked up by the female's ears on her front legs. The chirp sounds are different for each species so that individuals can find their own species. Females lay eggs in the soil with their ovipositor.
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- Impact on the Ecosystem
Positive: Crickets breakdown plant material, renewing soil minerals. They are also an important source of food for other animals.
Negatve: Crickets may injure seedlings and large numbers can be destructive. Males songs can be quite loud.