What are crickets?

Crickets are pests that homeowners tend to hear before they see them. While not all crickets make their telltale chirping sound, many do. The sound is created by the males rubbing their rear legs together to attract females. While their sounds can be melodic on a cool summer evening, when crickets are in our homes, the constant chirping quickly wears out its welcome.

Crickets are identified from other insects by their large, powerful hind legs and long thread-like antennae. They have a round head, a yellowish-brown or tan body that looks slightly flattened from top to bottom, and wings that lie flat against their back when at rest.

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