The cricket may be just an insect but there are more than 900 types of the same. Some of the more important or well-known types are house crickets, mole crickets, cave crickets and snowy tree crickets.
House crickets, the most common species of cricket found everywhere, are usually a light yellow-brown in color and average between 3/4th of an inch and 7/8th of an inch in length. Their antennae are longer than their bodies. They are not very popular in houses for they can cause a lot of damage to fabrics and even the furniture and furnishings inside the house. Normally they live on food from garbage dumps and natural sources. They can jump to extraordinary heights and are known to bite if disturbed.
Field crickets and mole crickets are not very loved by farmers. Mole crickets are, as their name implies, subterranean denizens and look like moles. Most often they are brown colored and can grow up to 1.25 inches in length. They can cause damage to crops and their roots. Since they also feed on earthworms (most often known as farmers’ friends) and stems and roots of plants that lie beneath the soil, they can become a menace to the agricultural land, if unchecked.
Field crickets, again, can cause damage to crops. Normally, they are black and can grow up to ½ or ¼ inch. They are great jumpers and can, with their attraction to bright lights enter homes too where they can cause damage to soft furnishings and carpets and clothes.
Snowy tree crickets are a pale green and can grow up to 7/8th of an inch long. They are most often found in weeds, high grassy places and trees. They are well known for their sounds that change according to the surrounding temperature and these have been used in many movies for special effects.
Ground crickets are one of the smallest of the cricket species and can be less than ½ an inch in length. Most often found in pastures and woody areas, ground crickets are nocturnal creatures.
Cave crickets have an affinity for cave- like abodes. So basements of homes make some ideal homes for them. They can also be found under stones and floor boards. They are not winged insects. They differ from the normal crickets to the extent that they do not make the typical chirping sounds and do not have an affinity for lights.
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