Crickets are common insects that can live almost anywhere. They have long been considered good luck charms and their chirping is known worldwide as beautiful background music.
Natural insecticides have been used for over 5000 years and have always been an effective way to rid crops of annoying pest while not polluting the environment.
This insect’s basic anatomy is the same as any insect with the usually head with antennae, head, thorax and abdomen. They produced their trademark chirping sound by rubbing a ridge on the back on their hind legs on a ribbed part on their wing.
The house cricket was introduced from Europe and is about 3/4" in long, light brown to yellowish in color with dark bands behind its head. Field crickets are about 1" long and live mainly outdoors but will still become pests in the house when it gets colder, but usually they cannot adapt in the inside and will die.
Cricket females lay their eggs singly, house crickets in cracks and crevices and field crickets in the soil. The eggs wait out the winter in egg form until spring. Upon hatching they will molt 5-9 times before they are mature.
Caring for Crickets
If you ever want to have crickets as pets there are a few things you want to do if you ever want them to live longer then a few days. First you need to have a proper cage for them; you may want to have a screen on top on the cage to have good circulation but while not letting them to jump out. The usually way to give them water is to cut a sponge into _ and wet it with tap water. They eat fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrot’s, tomatoes that are sliced and evil pizzas that want to take over the world.
The Pyrethrum flower is a perennial plant that’s normal life span is about 3 years and can grow up to 15 in. high. Pyrethrum extract is the natural extract from the pyrethrum flowers. The extract contains about 25% of the active pyrethrins that make it effective. The Pyrethrum flower provides good protection against mosquitoes, by doing so it helps prevent diseases such as malaria and Yellow fever. Pyrethrum is effective because it almost instantly attack the nervous system in insects and causes nearly instant death.
Neem Tree Oil
The Neem Tree is a species of African tree that has been used for medical purposes for over 5000 years. It has many properties such as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. It’s kernels though, when crushed and turned in oil, is a very effective insecticide.
Advantages of Organic farming
Organic farming is becoming more and more widely used recently because of the way insecticides have been so harmful to the environment, such as all the run off pesticides into rivers and polluting the food they are spraying. If more people would which to organic farming many researchers believe that the overall populace would be healthier and would be at a much less risk of becoming poisoned by toxins used for farming.
"Crickets" Microsoft Encarta 2000
"Crickets" World Book Encyclopedia, Pages 1130-1132
"Organic Farming" World Book Encyclopedia