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Wednesday 22 May 2019
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Are Crickets Friendly or Harmful?

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Crickets have cylindrical bodies with round heads; their body structure distinguishes them from bush crickets and grasshoppers. Apart from this, they have strong femora, which help them significantly in jumping. Most of the species of cricket have a pair of wings, but the irony is they cannot fly.

You may have heard the chirping of crickets, they create this sound for many uses. Mostly, they do it to attract a mate. When a male is full grown, it creates a chirping sound by rubbing its forewings. You will be surprised to know that there are more than 2400 cricket species, which ranges from 0.1 to 2 inches in length. They feed on vegetation and smaller insects.

Yet, a million dollar question is – do crickets bite?

Do crickets bite?

Crickets have a tendency to attack smaller insects. Some cricket can bite humans. Cricket’s bites will not transmit fatal disease because their jaw is not capable of penetrating human skin. However, in most of the cases, these bites will make you uncomfortable. Some of the cricket species like black field crickets, house crickets, crazy red crickets, and Jamaican crickets have stronger jaws to give humans a painful experience. A cricket’s bite is responsible for skin rash and flu-like symptoms.

In order to identify the crickets, we are supposed to understand a couple of things first. Crickets are pests, but they are harmful only to plants. However, different species of cricket are responsible for different problems. You will be glad to know that there are no single cricket species, which is poisonous.

Camel Crickets

They do not have teeth; obviously, they are unable to bite us. Although they are unable to harm humans, they can cause serious damage to linen garments. This is the reason why we should not store our clothes in dark.

You can easily recognize them as they have a light brown color and dark bands. Camel crickets do not chirp.

Cave Crickets    

Cave crickets are not different from camel crickets. They have given a different name based on some observations. Cave crickets love to reside in dark and damp places.

Like camel crickets, cave crickets are also unable to bite. Cave crickets are large, but they cannot harm us in any way. Do not worry cave crickets will never bite you.

What to do if a cricket bites us?

We are supposed to follow the underwritten tips, just to stay on the safe side.

  • We need to clean the bite mark and sterilize it.
  • It is imperative to wash the bite mark properly with antibacterial soap.
  • Check the affected area at regular intervals for rash development.
  • Use Bacitracin ointment.
  • In the case of rash development, it is imperative to consult a physician.

What diseases do crickets carry?

If cricket has consumed a small insect, which is infected with a pathogen, then it may spread non-fatal diseases. The common diseases are Salmonella and E.Coli.

You are most likely to experience flu-like symptoms. If the situation persists or increases, then it is imperative to consult a physician.