Insect Identification
Insect Identification

House Cricket - (Acheta domestica)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/21/2014

The familiar chirp of the House Cricket is a summertime staple that doesn't mind being indoors on hot days.

House Crickets can appear very similar to their related cousins - the Grasshopper - but can be separated by the fact that common crickets only have 3 tarsal ('ankle') segmented body sections, grasshoppers don't.

Crickets produce a very common nighttime sound as males' chirping sounds are made in an effort to attract females. Though both grasshoppers and crickets can make these sounds, crickets make theirs at a higher pitch. House Crickets are most often times held up as a unwanted in-house guest, not because they are destructive; it is their propensity to chirp - and quite loudly - that make people crazy.

The House Cricket might be, at first, frightening to come across because of their strange body shape and incredible speed. Some people may think they are a spider at first glance, until they jump! House Crickets tend to be found indoors most of the time; particularly anywhere there is a supply of food waste like crumbs. Hence, the kitchen of any home or restaurant will is a potential haven for cricket presence.

Males are smaller in size than females, which appear to be chubbier. Both sexes have wings that sit on the abdomen and are short when compared to that of the common grasshopper. Identifying colors vary.

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Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Common name: House Cricket
Scientific Name: Acheta domestica
Other Names: Cricket on the Hearth

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
     Order: Orthoptera
      Family: Gryllidae
       Genus: Acheta
        Species: domestica

Identifying Colors: brown; black

Additional Descriptors: jumping, chirp, loud

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.