Termite & Cricket Vibrations

Insects can hear you coming!

Have you ever heard a chirping or a scratching and as soon as you mute the TV or walk over that way, it has suddenly stopped? This happens to us all, but have you ever wondered how these critters and insects know you’re coming? Especially because there are usually more than one critter at a time. There can be hundreds depending on what you are talking about. How can they possibly know when to quieten down? Here are a two different critters and how they know you’re coming.

Trembling Termites

As you know, termites usually have hundreds and hundreds of members that make up a colony. They are working on the structure of your home; not to better it, but taking it apart one tunnel at a time. They cause lots of damage for homeowners and businesses every year. They can be a tricky one to even know that you have a problem with because they don’t need to show themselves as they have plenty to eat in the structure of your home or office. They work as a team tirelessly and that also includes when a predator may be heading their way. It just takes one termite to start a chain reaction of fleeing away or coming up for a battle. The termite that hears the danger will start to bang its head on the wall. Why you ask? To alert the others. When he bangs his head on the wall it sends a signal up and down the tunnels and walls; a vibration that allows the rest of the colony to know where to run to or away from. How do they know which way to go? They can feel the vibration in each leg separately which tells them what direction the signal was sent from. Scientists have said that the time difference between the vibrations hitting the legs is 0.20 milliseconds; that is faster than a blink of an eye.

Quivering Crickets

We have all had a cricket that taunts us at night and dares us to come look for it. It always seems that as soon as you settle in for the night and get quiet, that is when the chirping starts. Just a quick fact is that male crickets are the only ones who actually chirp. Crickets are always on the alert and on the lookout for predators, which is why as soon as they sense trouble they do the first thing to hide which also means to go quiet. The funny thing about crickets is that they don’t actually have ears, so how do they “hear” us move? They, just like the termite, use vibration. They have specialized organs in their body and legs that pick on sound in the form of vibrations. Even a small sound or vibration, like standing up from the couch, can send just enough vibration to a cricket to tell him that someone or something is on the move. They will go quiet until they are sure that the danger is not after them or it has gone away. Then they will go back to their nightly song.

However the pests in your home or business communicate; whether by vibration, body language, squeaks and chirps or pheromones, APM Services can help put a stop to it. We offer pest control services that target all kinds of insects and pests. Contact us today!