Cricket bites & google….

I recently had a run-in with a cricket. Yes, a cricket! Most of us hear their obnoxious chirping from outside all night long, or see a few hopping off the front porch when we walk outside, but have you ever had a full out battle with a cricket? I have! Here is what happened……

Late Sunday evening as I stumbled home from a long night of hammering back some pints of local brew…ok, I went and had two beers and a few french fries, but I’m trying to be creative. Anyway, I came home Sunday night to find a few crickets on my doorstep. Now as a child I found crickets to be funny little insects. I would trap them in glass jars to keep as pets, although I did always forget to poke them air holes and they would usually pass out from lack of oxygen with in a few hours. Perhaps this was retaliation from all those crickets I murdered as a child.

Ok..I tend to get off track…. I came to my porch and saw a cricket hopping around in the glow of my miserable porch light. Normally I don’t care about insects, but this one seemed extra hyper and jumpy so I decided I needed to remove it from the premises before I opened my door. I feared the cricket might jump into my house and then my dogs would have their way with it and that is no way for a cricket to die. I tried to stomp “near” but not “on” the cricket to scare it away but this did not work, instead it enraged the cricket and it started to jump frantically, which in turn I stomped frantically, not caring if I stomped on the dang thing and killed it. Eventually the cricket vanished. I thought “Victory!”, I have scared it away without harming it and now I can enter my dwelling without the fear of cricket infestation (although I’m pretty sure my house is infested with other things).

I walked in the door, greated by Brodie and a barking Lane. As I walked into the house I felt something behind my knee inside my jeans. Nothing moving, but felt like a lump, like a giant piece of lint was stuck in my pant leg from laundry which I had not noticed before. Perhaps it had been hiding in a seam and had worked it’s way behind my knee and was finally bothering me. I quickly went to remove my pants (commence dirty thought thinking…) and as I removed them I came to find a dead cricket behind my knee! This freaked me out!! My pants were not “loose” at the bottom, nor behind my knee, and I never felt a thing. I wondering how the heck did this mischievous cricket jump up my pant leg and get caught behind my knee to die without me knowing. I quickly threw the dead cricket carcus away, tossed my pants directly into the wash, shook myself from the disgust I felt from having a cricket inside my pants and went on my business. Weird encounter, attack of the cricket, but I had won and I felt good about that.

This is where google comes in. The rest of my sunday evening went fine and I got up Monday morning and retreated to work like the rest of the good IRS-fearing world. About 9AM Monday morning the back of my knee started itchy like crazy. I hiked up my slacks to reveal three tiny puncture wounds and a scratch which were red and like I said before “itchy”. This must have been the cricket. Could he have bitten me before he suffered in death inside my pant leg? Like any good american with internet access I immediate googled “cricket bites”. This did not work, all I got was a lot of pet stores selling crickets as food for snakes and other pets. Try again. “Do Crickets bite or sting”. This was fool proof…ask Google a question, it must respond.

Let me just say I love google, I always get great results, tells me information I didn’t even think I needed to know and can even give me better directions than mapquest, but today google was not my friend. After 2 hours of exhaustive searching and re-searching for any information on crickets and if they bite people all I found was a few blogs and dicussion boards where people eluded to the idea of being bitten by a cricket. The only consistancy I found with these posts and my markings were “three small bites in a row”. Apparently crickets will bite three times in a row if defending themselves.

The moral of this long drawn out, totally stupid and poorly written story is that within 12 hours of being bitten by an enraged cricket who jumped up my pant leg on his own accord and then felt that he needed to defend himself, I got sick. I got the 3 fever of my life, a soar throat to end all soar throats and so stuffed up I couldn’t taste any food or smell dog poo for 3 whole days! This could just be a coincidence, but I’m convinced, the cricket got me sick.

Stay away from crickets, they are deadly!

13 thoughts on “Cricket bites & google….

  1. I’m glad to hear that you survived the horrible cricket attack and lived to tell about it. At least you won in the end… poor little cricket!

    Just a tidbit of info… bed bugs also bite in groups of three… you better watch out! 🙂

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  2. I know you posted this a long time ago.. but I too am stalked by crickets!! Three times I have been attacked by crickets, the most recent was last night. I am beginning to wonder, is it just me? Or are there other people out there with this curse??” Anyway, I googled “Cricket in my pants leg” and you and I were the only two to come up. Guess it looks like it’s just us. . .

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  3. This article is priceless.
    I googled to the letter exactly what you did: “cricket bites”

    …3rd result, good job.
    good thing to know they carry stuff. and to be aware if you see them in your bed or household area

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  4. Wow. At least mine was an unprovoked attack. I was minding my own business on my computer with my foot under a blanket that I sometimes use while on the computer, when low and behold an evil cricket was lying in wait and took a bite at my toe. Didn’t appear to break the skin, but damn I had no idea they even bite!

    I guess there are 4 of us.

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  5. I really appreciate your posting. My 18 month old daughter has 3 bites on her arm that look quite alarming, probably because she is so small. They appeard a few days ago and I searched her bed and room frantically trying to find out what bit her and it just occured to me today that we always have crickets in our house. Anything else I would spray or stomp, but they don’t really seem to bother me, but I also don’t stop our 3 pets from playing with or eating them. Anyhow, like you, I tend to get off track, so as my daughter was squishing one with her book today I thought, hmm, maybe they are cricket bites and so of course I started my internet search which was pretty useless except for your posting and a few others, so thank you.

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  6. I am seven and I think a cricket has done something to me.
    I was trying to make it move and something sharp stuck in my finger, it hurt.
    Mummy has helped me to look on the internet about crickets to see if they sting or bite and we found your stories.
    I ran my finger under the tap.
    I hope I don’t get a fever and a sore throat like you.

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  7. Having Crickets around has always been common here in Middle TN. Always finding them in the Basement Bathroom. I think its the cool tile floor that attracts them. My wife is horrified of the Crickets. I was told as a child it’s bad luck to kill a Cricket. I have always picked them up and threw them outside. But, today I opened the closet door to grab a shirt, and there was a cricket hanging on the sleeve. I went to grab it and I could not help but notice this HUGE Stinger looking think on it’s rear. I have never seen one like this before. Maybe I just never noticed. My wife is yelling at me “I told you they bite!” So I am looking on the net to see what the heck that was. Look’s like its called a ovipositor. It’s used by the Female Crickets to dig holes to place the Eggs in. The Eggs are ejected out of this thing. Also read that they can use the ovipositor to inject into other animals skin, such as caterpillars. But I cant get a straight answer, will or can it sting human skin. My guess Is yes it can. But as far as I can tell only Females have this stinger/ovipositor. From now on I am gonna look before I pick up another Cricket.

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  8. omg! Ahhh. I looked up cricket bites because i just had an encounter with a cricket on my bed a couple hours ago…& i wanted to know if it could bite so i can go to sleep soundly. I hope i dont die…haha

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  9. crickets cannot sting you! they do bite however the larger the crickets the more chance it has of breaking the skin. most likely it has a small chance anyways. they only bite in defense i have 3 crickets sitting in my hand closed right now and no bites are coming to me. they do bite however and the blacker they are the stronger they are. i feed them to my tarantula and she loves them…. she on the other hand can bite. doesnt bite me but i wouldnt trust her in someone elses hand.

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  10. I just moved to Phoenix from Seattle and there are crickets EVERYWHERE! They freaked me out at first but my bf said they dont do anything! well, i was outside smoking and OMG i felt a sting on my foot i looked down and saw a cricket jump away, im paranoid now that it has burrowed eggs in my foot ew omg ewwww lol……i dont have any sort of disinfectant as i just moved here 4 days ago. my foot felt sore about 5 minutes after the bite and now it feels fine, although barely numb, and i dont know if thats my freaked out imagination or not haha…anyway, i hope i dont die or end up with a foot full of cricket eggs…im gonna throw up………….blah!

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  11. My son told me he was bit by a cricket, too. That’s why I started googling. Most everything says they don’t bite or sting, so I think it is interesting that so many have had the same experience. I think biting is something not yet commonly KNOWN about crickets, or at least certain types. 🙂

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  12. I got a cricket bite too I was sick for 3 days I have big swallon bump on my back its really weird and im goin to see a doctor about it

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