Are crickets in the house likely to be harmful to people or typical pets? I instinctively abhor cockroaches, and I'm sure they contribute to the spread of human disease, but do their near relatives, crickets, do the same? I don't really mind sharing the household ecosystem with them if I'm convinced they are benign, and some sources insected.arizona.edu/cricketinfo.htm say their impact is positive. So, should I kill crickets,or should I leave them alone? -- `~- Nehmo
Post by Rev. Redmond Farrier on Oct 16, 2011 23:43:15 GMT -8
I am no expert, but as far as I know they are completely benign creatures. The only issue I have had when they get into the house is the noise they make when I am trying to sleep. I love listening to crickets chirp when I am outdoors, but indoors is another matter entirely! lol
Post by starlightcriminal on Oct 17, 2011 8:00:14 GMT -8
Cockroaches and probably crickets have the "wash your hands" syndrome- themselves they do not carry a specific disease commonly. But they will touch things and then touch your food or toothbrush or something else that makes you vulnerable to transfer infection from whatever they were on previously, be it rotting fruit, raw chicken, your toilet or a bowl of sugar. Most of the time they don't carry anything, rarely they can. If you could get them to wash their hands before returning to work, you would be fine. Otherwise there is always a chance, albeit remote, that they could transmit something to you via contamination. If your general area is fairly clean, the chances are more remote. If you live in a place with less than perfect sanitation or unclear sanitation (say an apartment with an unknown yet particularly filthy neighbor) then you might er on the side of caution and at least move them out.
Worry more about how they are getting in and about proper use of pesticide should you chose to go that route. Pesticides are generally much more acutely harmful than most things a roach could transmit to you.
Crickets, in my experience, are much more disgusting than roaches. I have colonies of roaches presently and have raised feeder crickets in the past. Only the crickets ever smelled, and they reeked - the smell is why I stopped breeding them and feeding them to my live collection. I wouldnt want crickets in my house!
If you have a dirty house you will have dirty roaches , generally they are clean and only spread around what they are in touch with. Crickets are fine , noisy sometimes , in breeding they need good ventilation or can smell like any sp , dogs , cats , birds and even some humans ect ect .
Post by starlightcriminal on Oct 20, 2011 10:50:25 GMT -8
Crickets die faster and do smell really bad. I also kept crickets for a while and even completely changing the tub three times a week they would smell horrible after just one day.
Yes, dirty surroundings means dirty roaches and crickets. Of course you can clean all you want but if your neighbor farms pigs or is a crack head in squalor in the apartment next door there isn't much you can do to control that.
Both will come in my house when it is the rainy season presumably to seek shelter, just like me.
Post by wingedwishes on Oct 22, 2011 17:38:16 GMT -8
I thought the crickets keep as reptile food were from Australia and completely different than the larger hard black ones I see. I used to have a way as a kid in the midwest to catch them. All I had to do was dig a shallow hole about 3 inches deep and cover it with a piece of wood. When I woke up in the morning, there would always be around ten of them under the wood. I think some cultures considr them lucky to have. the spiked hind legs can be uncomfortably prickly in your hand. My sister thinks to this day that she was "stung" by one.
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