Jerusalem Cricket

The Jerusalem cricket, or potato bug, is a large and scary-looking insect. Sometimes 2″ long or more, it’s one of the largest insects found in this area. Despite their appearance, they are considered harmless. With their large jaws they can bite, but rarely do – and they aren’t poisonous. Jerusalem crickets are nocturnal, and live mostly underground where they feed on roots or other insects. They don’t eat enough to cause damage in gardens, and are an important part of the food chain for owls and hawks. If one happens to wander close to your house, catching and releasing them is the best way to control them.


Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay Inc.
4685 Scotts Valley Rd.
Lakeport, CA 95453
(800) 760-3028

Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay Inc.
1120 Industrial Ave
#18 Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 795-6345


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