In the wild, most crickets live underneath rocks, tall grasses, leaves, debris, and logs.  From pastures to meadows, and forests to farms, there are crickets living on almost every part of the earth.  They can be found in the savannas of Africa,  the woodlands of Europe, and the greenhouses of Australia.   Antarctica is the only continent where a cricket has yet to be spotted!

Some species of crickets, such as the mole cricket, burrow and live almost entirely underground.   Then there are others, like tree crickets, which live in shrubs and trees.  While the majority of crickets tend to prefer a habitat that is damp and hidden,  the Jerusalem cricket is an exception.  It prefers a dry climate and has been nicknamed the “sand cricket” in certain parts of the world.

The common field and house crickets, as well as cave crickets, have been known to invade human homes and reproduce indoors.  When crickets enter a human home, they will typically lay eggs inside dark cracks and crevices.  They’ll be active at night and feed upon linens, silks, paper products, and any foods they can find lying around.   Since they are attracted to dampness, you may notice them in your basement, laundry room, or bathroom first.

NOTE: If you are looking for crickets to feed to a reptile pet, please DO NOT try to catch wild crickets.  Wild crickets may contain parasites or other ailments that can be especially harmful to your domestic reptile.  It is not worth the risk!   Instead, you may buy crickets from a wide variety of pet stores, bait shops, and cricket farms.

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