How to Manage Pests

UC Pest Management Guidelines


Field Crickets

Scientific Name: Gryllus spp.

(Reviewed 5/13, updated 5/13)

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Description of the Pests

Field crickets are about 1 inch long and are dark brown to black with stiff forewings, large folded fan-shaped hind wings, and enlarged hind legs for jumping. Field crickets are usually hidden, although males may be detected by their loud chirping.


Crickets gouge and girdle stems of young plants, and may also feed on leaves. Feeding occurs at night; crickets hide during the day. Injury is significant only in occasional seasons, and most common in low deserts.


Currently there are no bait products registered for control of field crickets in cotton.


[UC Peer Reviewed]

UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Cotton
UC ANR Publication 3444

Insects and Mites

  • L. D. Godfrey, Entomology, UC Davis
  • P. B. Goodell, UC IPM Program and Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier
  • E. T. Natwick, UC Cooperative Extension - Desert Research and Extension Center, Imperial County
  • D.R. Haviland, UC Cooperative Extension, Kern County and UC IPM Program
  • V. M. Barlow, UC Cooperative Extension, Riverside County and UC IPM Program
Acknowledgment for contributions to Insects and Mites:
  • E. E. Grafton-Cardwell, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier
  • N. C. Toscano, Entomology, UC Riverside

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