Instantly recognizable by their song, crickets are an occasional home invader and common denizen of the landscape. These small, jumping insects are members of several different species, but the most commonly encountered are field crickets (Gryllus species) and house crickets (Acheta domesticus). House crickets have been living side by side with humans for generations, earning themselves the nickname "Cricket on the Hearth."
Several kinds of crickets are found in Arizona. Although they pose no immediate health risks (they do not bite or carry disease) they have been known to eat through everything from wallpaper glue to wool to silk.