Crickets, such as the Camel Cricket, Field Cricket, and House Cricket, are attracted to cool, dark, moist and humid areas and are therefore often described as “accidental invaders” that happen to wander into homes and basements from some suitable habitat nearby. Crickets are scavengers and are omnivorous, meaning they are happy to eat food of either plant or animal origin. They will attack and prey on other, weakened or crippled insects (including other crickets), and will also feed on any dead insects they might encounter if they can’t find any other food. Although crickets have powerful jaws, they are harmless to humans. Crickets mate late in the summer and lay their eggs in the fall. The eggs overwinter and hatch in the spring.
- Crickets (includes Field, Camel and House Crickets) (University of Minnesota Extension)
- Camel Crickets