The Jerusalem Cricket is very vast at 1-¼ to 2 inches. It is for the most part with dark groups on the mid-region. Jerusalem crickets have a place with Stenopelmatus spp. These crickets are large bugs with enormous heads. Also called stone crickets or potato bugs, they have solid mandibles that can extract an excruciating nibble. Regardless of their somewhat terrifying appearance, Jerusalem crickets are safe. These crickets will catch and slaughter insects for sustenance, and they are incidental nuisances of plants by nourishing on the roots. They are essential as sustenance for some creatures like barn owls, small hawks, bats, skunks, rodents and a few scorpions.
The solid head of the Jerusalem Cricket is its most recognizable characteristic, which is extremely disproportionate to the rest of their body. The “humanoid” leader of the Jerusalem is substantially adjusted to bolster the similarly strong jaws that give the Jerusalem its burrowing power. The powerful jaws and mandibles not only permit the Jerusalem Cricket to tunnel profound into the earth, but additionally take off roots and tubules for a consistent sustenance source. Given the shot, the Jerusalem will devour a various number of bugs. For the most part, these bugs have an orange and dark joined body with a tanned head, and underbelly, however the shades can fluctuate. Since they contain no toxin, the Jerusalem is not deadly; be that as it may, they do give terrible bites if incited by predators.
Sightings of the Jerusalem Cricket are quite uncommon, but once spotted, they are difficult to overlook. Although they bear the name of cricket, these creepy crawlies are quite another family inside and out. Dissimilar to different crickets, the Jerusalem is wingless and has a head that resembles a human head. In spite of its outsider look, the dark and tan grouped creepy crawly is not hurtful or harmful and will just chomp if incited. Entomologists are as yet finding out about the Jerusalem Cricket, however many trust that the insect might be more useful than hurtful in it’s condition. As indicated by the Nevada Division of Agriculture, the Jerusalem Cricket has not authoritatively been regarded a nuisance or valuable creepy crawly as of now.
Early Native Americans alluded to the Jerusalem Cricket as the ‘Old Bald-Headed Man’ or the ‘Red Skull’ on account of its uncanny human like head. Today these insects are found along the west bank of the U.S. and Mexico and frequently alluded to as ‘Potato Bugs’ in spite of their inclination for different roots.
These crickets are mostly found in the western U.S. along the Pacific drift eastbound into some areas of Montana and south to New Mexico. Around 40 species are very common in California. They tunnel into free soil, particularly underneath rocks or loads up, and meander into homes. Structures situated in the foothills, gullies, and mountains might be more inclined to issues with Jerusalem crickets.
How to Prevent/Control
As a rule, no precautions are essential when Jerusalem crickets are discovered inside. Indoor attacks are phenomenal, and will probably find these crickets when working outside. Set sticky board traps along dividers in ranges where they might be discovered. On the off-chance that a solitary cricket is found inside, it can undoubtedly be caught by setting a glass or jug over the bug, slipping a bit of paper underneath and then flipping the holder over. The cricket can then be discharged outside, far from the structure.