Are You Hearing Cricket Sounds?

Crickets are known to be a nocturnal insect, meaning that they will be mostly active at night time with their loud cricket sounds. If you have ever heard a chirping outdoors when the sun has gone down, you have most likely heard a cricket’s signature chirp. This unique sound is only emitted by male crickets, its purpose is to attract females for mating, or to drive other male crickets away from their territory. If you are interested in learning more about a cricket’s habits, or you are dealing with an cricket infestation, visit our cricket pest control page for more information.

How Crickets Produce These Sounds

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Here is a sample of a cricket who is emitting a sound when the weather is warm:

Cooler/Nighttime Cricket Sounds

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Whereas when it is cold out, crickets will chirp slower like this:

Why Crickets Chirp

Male crickets will chirp when they are looking to find a mate or emitting the sound to ward off other male crickets from their territory. Female crickets are not able to create any sounds, but they are able to hear through ears that are located on their front legs. When female crickets hear the chirp from a male cricket, they follow a behavioral pattern called “phonotaxis”, which means that they move towards a specific sound (in this case, a male crickets’ chirp). In a large outdoor area, crickets will typically emit their sound within microseconds of each other so that female crickets are able to tell the difference and select their mates.

Multiple crickets chirping at the same time will sound like this: