Pest Identification

Learn More About the Pests Invading Your Home

Is it a Cricket or a Cockroach?

Cockroaches are very filthy pests, whereas crickets are virtually harmless. Generally speaking, is not that big of a deal if a cricket has entered your home - but if it turns out to be a roach, that’s a whole other problem entirely. Crickets and cockroaches can look similar from a distance at some stages in a cockroach’s lifecycle. However, you should be aware of some key differences so that you can properly identify one from the other.




At first glance, the two insects can be difficult to differentiate because they are typically the same color, so you may need to get a closer look to tell the two bugs apart. Crickets have longer hind legs that are beneficial for jumping and wings covering the abdomen. Cockroaches are flattened and if wings are present held over their abdomen.




Crickets are famously known for the chirping noises that they make, which is done to attract females. If you see a bug rubbing its front wings together to produce sound, then you are looking at a cricket.




Crickets normally reside in an area that has plenty of grass, so it is not uncommon to see these insects in a garden or yard. Crickets usually do not take up residence inside a home, so if you see one inside your house, then it probably just got in due to a door being ajar. On the other hand, some species of cockroaches thrive inside homes. Any place that can give a roach moisture is an ideal environment, which is why many roaches live inside a home’s walls and the yard. Cockroaches are scavengers that will eat other insects, plants, and any other organic material, including all your food.

If you see a cricket inside your home, then you should have no problem picking it up and letting it back outside. Crickets help the environment in which they reside by eating the decaying vegetation within the area. Seeing a cockroach in your house might inspire the kneejerk reaction of swatting at it, but you should also be wary of the fact that there are likely many more roaches hiding nearby. Roaches can spread disease and contaminate food, so eliminating these pests from your house is a necessity.