What is the lifespan of a Cricket?

Cricket Monster - If he has a family, I'm screwed! LOL
Regina, Saskatchewan
September 14, 2009 11:29am CST
Now normally I'm a pretty chirpy person myself, but today I'm about to lose my mind and get down right homicidal! I spent the weekend cooking and freezing dinners and such for the hubs while I'm away. The weather was lovely and I had all the doors in the house open letting the breezes blow through. Well apparently those breezes blew in a cricket too! Last night my and my trusty flash light prowled the house trying to corner THE cricket with the loudest chirp I've ever heard. Caught a few glimpses of it, but unlike me, it wasn't sleep deprived and could disappear in a flash. Do crickets not sleep? Why the hell do they chirp anyway? And why so loud? And why so consistently? It chirps and chirps and then stops and just as my heart rate is finally settling down to 'no longer jumping out of my chest', the damn thing starts up again from a totally different place!I'm also out of coffee this morning, so you can imagine my mood! I've a million things to do to get ready for my absence from the house for a few weeks, and the last thing I need is some INSECT driving me bonkers! My dog is no help, she just thumps her tail in tune to the chirps! Traitor dog! So what is the lifespan of a Cricket and how can I shorten it?
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I think a cricket chirps when it's scared, so maybe it was scared that you were trying to kill it? I don't know, but maybe even when it stopped for awhile it was far away and then you were getting closer... Like a scared cricket's way of saying "your getting a warmer" lol.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Could be, but I doubt it. I don't think you can scare a cricket and I rather think they know it, so their chirping is their way of saying NANANANANANA! and thumbing their noses at us! ROFL
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Great info sweets! Thanks. I guess this means I have a male cricket on my hands who is in love with me..............go figure and SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Sparks! ROFL
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
14 Sep 09
lol... good luck with that!
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@dawnald (83972)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Sep 09
Get a cat. :-)
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Meow! LOL
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@dawnald (83972)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Sep 09
But don't get a fat. lazy non-hunting cat. :-)
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Just call me Garfield! LOL
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@royal52gens (5362)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Crickets are good luck. You do not want to kill the little guy. Enjoy his song he sings for you. He is blessing you. Spunky knows this and that is why he is keeping beat with the music.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
That's what the hubs said last night on the phone. This morning however he just laughed at me! MEN! Bet that cricket's a male too..............................*sob*
@sid556 (31031)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Hey royal....that's what I told her. I have a wicker cricket cage and it is considered good luck to have a cricket in your home. She is blessed...right?
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@kprofgames (2906)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Oh they are pesky little critters aren't they. Somehow a colony of them decided that my front porch was the place to be. I'm spraying daily. I don't know about life span. I would think about whenever they were born/hatched whatever and amount of time it take to reach for the Raid can.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Little bugger has found a friend now. Either that or he's chirping in stereophonic sound! If he keeps me up tonight I'm buying Raid! lol
@CJscott (4185)
• Canada
14 Sep 09
Well here is my thoughts on the matter I personally feel that crickets can "throw" their chirp to misguide their hunters. That being said I have "evicted" about 5 already this month, and they are still chirping in the house...so you may have more then one, and they are just laughing at your efforts of locating and exterminating them Cheers.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Nature's natural ventriloquist! Cool, and probably true! And we humans think we're so inventive! ROFL
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@j00nior (182)
• Canada
14 Sep 09
I do not know the answer to this question but I would just like to share that I too hear crickets in my house because my roomate has a lizard, and it eats crickets, live ones. I do not know how I feel about this yet, however, I am a heavy sleeper, and bugs do not gross me out.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Bugs don't gross me out either, but the noise this cricket makes is driving me bonkers! LOL Can I borrow your roomate's lizard? ROFL
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
14 Sep 09
That looks more like a black roach!!!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Some of the ones I found on the net were downright scary looking!
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Oh Daffy, I have no idea how long that little creature will last in your house but I suspect he'll be gone soon. He's got to eat too!! No, I don't know what they eat but it must be something outside!! Not having seen the outside of your house, I'm guessing you have woodsy areas around and therefore lots of critters, like porcupines? LOL My question is, why would you leave all the doors open unless you have screens, to invite all your friendly critters in? Chirp, Chirp!! Sorry, I couldn't resist. Sorry I was no help but at least Spunky isn't going bonkers too! Love Ya, Leenie
• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Oh, I have screens, except on the back door. Didn't even think about the critters coming in when I left everything open. Was enjoying the fresh air! lol And Spunky, would make friends with a door knob if it winked at her! LOL
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
14 Sep 09
If your cricket is a member of the England cricket team then I doubt that it will be around for too long. We did win the Ashes this year of course, but that might well be a one off. ROFL. The lifespan of a cricket is related to your hand/eye coordination and the speed of the former. Better a cricket than peacock. Take it from one that knows!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
HA! You beat James to the expected British cricket joke! So am I to take it you've been 'coldcocked' recently by a peacock? LOL Do they eat crickets or just butt Cricket fans? ROFL
@p1kef1sh (45648)
14 Sep 09
They just screech and drive everyone within earshot (about 100 miles) awake!
@p1kef1sh (45648)
14 Sep 09
"Keep" not drive!
• United States
14 Sep 09
Sorry ,I do not know the life span of a cricket..The chirping can be very irritating.Maybe you can open a door or window and it will find its way out..They are hard to sneak up on so that will not work.Other than opening a door or window I can not think of any other way to get rid of it unless you could manage to capture it which would be pretty hard to do.. Good luck and Blessings to you. (CHIRP,,CHIRP) Sorry,,could not resist...(LOL)
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
I'd rather 'read' a chirp than hear a chirp! LOL Good one! It's been storming here since about 5am, so all doors and windows are closed. Guess I'll just have to put in ear plugs and hope for the best! lol
• United States
14 Sep 09
Maybe he will get tired,,give up or just get tired.. You might try chirping back..(LOL)
• United States
14 Sep 09
{Whoops} repeated myself..Maybe the chirping is catching.. Repeat,Repeat,Repeat.. Love and hugs to you..
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
14 Sep 09
He's looking for a mate. That's why they chirp. It's always the loudest ones who get into our houses, too; never the quiet ones! The lifespan of a cricket... hmmm... I'm stumped on that one. I think the ones that get into our houses live much longer than the ones outside. I know what you're feeling... been there, done that. Luckily, I have cats who normally take care of the cricket infestation not long after it starts. You need to get a cat.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Hubs won't have a cat in the house, nasty man! He barely tolerates the dog.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Awww! Well, how about trying to talk him into having one long enough to kill the cricket? That could be a new vocation for me... cat rentals!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
Good thinking...........I'll give it a go and see what he says. Because if this goes on much longer I'm really going to lose my mind!
@Hatley (117837)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Sep 09
hi spark of insanity oh how the crickets do chirp and chirp'and ' chirp all the time. either one gets used to it or it drives one'crazy I dont know how long they live but they have never bothered me'much but I c an see how it could drive you nuts. I am not sure what kills a cricket but maybe one of our mylotters knows something that will.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
I've tried to sing along with it, I even offered to send it back to it's family! Dang thing just scurries away, and I swear it's laughing at me! LOL
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Uh oh! It thinks you've been serenading him! Who knows what you've been telling him! lol!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Sep 09
I'll never tell, but if you listen to HIM, he's chirping it loud and clear! ROFL
@MsTickle (24624)
• Australia
21 Sep 09
Close all the doors and windows and light a smallish fire in a central part of the house with green wood and leaves....smoke the little bustard out. If that is too much....use tear gas. If that fails, I'm afraid the last resort is .....dynamite....3-5 sticks should do it. Good luck.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
2 Oct 09
The dynamite worked and I now have air conditioning.............just in time for winter too! ROFL
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@MsTickle (24624)
• Australia
2 Oct 09
And a repair bill I should think. Yay to the air-con. I have a ducted cooling system which is currently smothered in dust. Gotta be happy with that...NOT. Thanks and hugs for BR..smooches.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Get on with it Crickets are Lucky! this could be your sign that things will go well and the loud chirp is the happiness of it. The dog knows it wont hurt you.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 Sep 09
When I first heard him I thought "Oh, good luck for my trip and my son, great sign". Then a night without sleep changed my mind. Two nights now without sleep and I'm no longer feeling lucky. lol
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
15 Sep 09
ok ok poor cricket!
@sid556 (31031)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Sparks, I know it is annoying but don't kill the cricket. Crickets are a symbol of good luck. If you have one in your home it will bring you luck. You'll get used to the chirping as your dog obviously has.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 Sep 09
Sid?..........it's been two nights now and I'm not used to it's chirping yet.*sob* I am now officially sleep deprived. But, I will not kill the little bugger. Can't find him anyway! lol
@sid556 (31031)
• United States
15 Sep 09
aww Sparks, I'm sorry that you are not getting sleep. how about you have a couple of drinks and put on some soft music....with headphones. I am making some kaluah tonight. I'll send some your way...ok?
• United States
24 Sep 09
buy a cat. my blue used to go out of his way for tasty crickety goodness.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
2 Oct 09
Spunky finally got it. Of course they became good friends, but at least it allowed me to get the cricket out of the house at last! LOL
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Get a cat Sparks!! Get a cat!! LOL A dog won't do a thing but a cat will hunt till they find the little sucker and take care of their chirping right then and there! We don't have any crickets, grass hoppers, mice or rats in our house thanks to our cats who EARN their keep around here!! I know you're not a cat person but if you just give it a try, you just might change your mind!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
2 Oct 09
Actually I wouldn't mind a cat, but the hubs won't have it. The hair on animals drives him right up the wall. Bummer.
@Polly1 (12652)
• United States
15 Sep 09
A cricket in the house is good luck, I don't mind when they come in. I used to have tiny lizards and we would buy crickets to feed them, I had to get used to the chirping. Its natures music...
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 Sep 09
It's nature's music when it's outside in nature. lol But in the house at night when I'm trying to sleep, it's just plain annoying..........
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@ANTIQUELADY (36494)
• United States
15 Sep 09
A cricket in the house & no coffee, u want be worth a hoot all day, lol. I don't know how long they can live but know they can drive u nuts. I haven't had one lately, knock on wood. I try to spray arounf my basebaords on a regular basic & that keep down varmits from living too long at my house. The only varmits i want in my house is my dog & i.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 Sep 09
I tried spray, I even tried knocking on wood. lol Little bugger is still here and I think he's got friends now. No sleep for two nights and Spunky thinks I've lost my mind..............well, she's right in a way. I very nearly have! LOL
• India
15 Sep 09
i like cricket
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 Sep 09
I do to, but in their natural habitat. Inside my house is NOT good for my nerves! lol