5 Interesting Facts About the Crickets Chirping Outside Your Window at Night

For most homeowners, crickets are—quite simply put—annoying. It's hard to like crickets when they keep you awake with their chirping. Still, crickets are a fascinating insect. Listed below are five interesting facts about those pesky insects in your yard.

1. Some Crickets Are Infected With Parasitic Worms

Historically, crickets have been an important food source for people around the globe. But that doesn't mean that you should start collecting the crickets in your yard for a late night snack. Why? Because some crickets contain parasitic worms, such as horsehair worms.

As the name suggests, horsehair worms resemble a horse's hair. But there's nothing beautiful about these parasites when they emerge from a dead cricket's body.

2. Grown Crickets Have Wings

When you find crickets in your yard, you likely see them hopping around from one place to another. These jerky hops allow them to move out of harms way quickly. Though they begin their lives without wings, these hopping insects grow a full pair of wings as they reach adulthood.

But don't worry, the crickets won't be flying at you anytime soon. Even though they have wings, they don't use them.

3. Only Male Crickets Chirp

When you hear that loud, incessant chirping outside your window at night, blame the male crickets. The females don't make chirping sounds—only the males do.

Male crickets create the chirping sounds by rubbing their legs together. They do this to attract female crickets and warn other male crickets to stay out of the area.

4. Bright Lights Attract Crickets

Crickets are nocturnal, so they travel at night. Surprisingly, though, crickets are attracted to bright lights. Therefore, if you have crickets keeping you up at night, it could be that there is light shining through your window. If you have an outside light near your window, that bright light could also be what's attracting crickets to the area.

Use this knowledge to your advantage by keeping your room dark at night and turning off outdoor lights when they're not needed.

5. Crickets Are Opportunistic Scavengers

Like many insects, crickets have a diverse diet. They are true scavengers and will eat leaves, seeds, fruit, nectar, and even other insects. Crickets are also attracted to pet food. So if you have pets, keep their food indoors and away from roaming crickets.  With fewer things attracting them to your house, the crickets might just move on to other places. If not, call an experienced pest control technician.