WSU Extension


Food and Fabric
Carpet beetles
Casemaking clothes moth
Cupboard beetle
Drugstore beetle
Indian meal moth
Mediterranean flour moth
Mites in stored foods
Psocids (booklice or barklice)
Sawtooth grain beetle
Spider beetle
Whiteshouldered house moth

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Caption: Field cricket, size is nearly 1-inch long
Photo by: M. Bush
(revision date: 7/30/2015)

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful pest management.

There are two major cricket species that may invade homes. These include field crickets and the house cricket. The house cricket is the most common home invader in our area. The house cricket adult averages about 3/4 inch long and is yellowish-brown or straw-colored, with 3 dark bands on the head. It has slender antennae which are longer than the body. Field crickets are similar in appearance, but are black instead of yellowish. House crickets can survive a long time indoors. They are found in warm, dark locations, hiding by day and coming out at night, when they make their presence known by their chirping. They have been known to damage wool, nylon, fabrics and leather. They may also chew on paper and rubber, and on garments made of cotton, linen, silk or fur, especially those stained by perspiration or food. Aside from their chirping and damage to stored goods, crickets can create odor problems when they die. This is especially noticeable when numbers are high.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Store garments, etc. that are not in use in protective bags or tightly sealed boxes. Clean soiled fabrics before storage to make them less attractive to pests.
  • Crickets can access homes via open doors and windows and under door thresholds. Make sure windows are screened and doors and their thresholds are tight-fitting.
  • If a regular chirping sound (day and/or night) is the only sign of infestation, check battery-operated smoke/fire/carbon monoxide alarms for low batteries.
  • If you have crickets indoors, you can try to catch them by putting glue boards in the corners of the rooms.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

Outdoor pesticide applications are not recommended for crickets. Be sure to inspect the structure and eliminate potential entry points. If you have an indoor cricket problem contact a pest management professional.


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Caption: Field cricket, size is nearly 1-inch long
Photo by: M. Bush
Caption: House cricket
Photo by: K. Grey