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russo301
#1 posted September 9, 2006 at 5:19pm (EDT)  
Can CRICKETS BITE?? I was in bed watching TV and I felt like 'Mosquito' Bites on the bottom of my Left Leg.
When I went to check with my Left hand- whatever it was, seemed to have scooted & hit my Right Ankle.
All this was under the covers- so of course- I could not see what it was.
Now if it was a Spider- It could not have scooted so fast to bump into my Ankle. But a Cricket could.
And my House is loaded with them.
Anyway- I found 3 Mosquitolike bumps near each other like in a Triangle. I usually stick my nail into them
which helps get rid of them. But, not like a Mosquito bite- These did not last as long so therefore did not
hurt that long either.
Now, I just checked my Bed Clothes expecting to find a Trapped & Dead Cricket- But, nothing was there.
So Now it's a Mystery. I'll never know what bit me.
I used to like the Critters and one time I saw one sucking up water that was in my Carpet with that tubing they have
on their rear end.
I used to catch them ( still do) and throw them back outside.
Till I find they will ruin anything with leather, like my Camera CASE, & they can eat your Clothes and
Plastic Packaging which means I can't sell it anymore.
Can't believe they could eat plastic... Now, I've turned to killing them when they make a fool of me
by scooting in my house so fast- they tick me off when I have to let the Dog out & open the door.
But, I still try to save them by catching them . Don't like to kill flies till they pester me...
Same goes for Spiders- But, I don't kill them, I just ignor them or blow them away. (with my breath)...
All for now..
Joe R.
RGirl
#2 posted September 9, 2006 at 5:37pm (EDT)  
Don't know if they bite. And that thing on their rear end, I am pretty sure, is not for sucking up water. It is what the females use to deposit their eggs. I have problems with crickets as well.

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clare
#3 posted September 9, 2006 at 7:05pm (EDT)  
If this link is correct, they do bite. Scroll down to the section on house crickets: http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4TH/KKHP/1...
RGirl
#4 posted September 9, 2006 at 7:15pm (EDT)  
I really hate crickets.
ultamate
#5 posted September 9, 2006 at 10:38pm (EDT)  
I had no idea crickets would bite.
clare
#6 posted September 9, 2006 at 10:51pm (EDT)  
Neither did I until I read the article about house crickets on the link. I'm wondering too if it might have not been crickets biting russo301. It could be fleas too. Their bites are pretty small and russo301 mentioned that he had a dog.
ultamate
#7 posted September 9, 2006 at 11:13pm (EDT)  
Fleas would probably be more likely. My first thought was bed bugs. He should ask Zang, he seems to know about bed bugs.
clare
#8 posted September 9, 2006 at 11:37pm (EDT)  
Bedbug bites: image

Flea bite: image
cabinfever
#9 posted September 10, 2006 at 12:03am (EDT)  
Wait, I thought bedbugs were those tiny things everyone has on and in their mattress, that eat our dead skin. I didn't know they could bite!
clare
#10 posted September 10, 2006 at 12:19am (EDT)  
That's dust mites. They don't bite or sting, but some people are allergic to them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_dust_mite
RGirl
#11 posted September 10, 2006 at 12:32am (EDT)  
Bedbugs are different than dust mites. I used to think bedbugs was just a joke but they really exist.
clare
#12 posted September 10, 2006 at 1:08am (EDT)
edited September 10, 2006 at 1:09am (EDT)  
Dateline did a story about the sharp rise in people reporting getting bitten by bedbugs. Even in high class hotels like the Crowne Plaza in NYC's Times Square: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11916682/
RGirl
#13 posted September 10, 2006 at 1:29am (EDT)  
I cleaned hotel rooms during the summer in high school. They are nasty places. I mean, you can't clean the walls every day, or the carpet. People do nasty sh*t in hotel rooms and you have person after person. I suggest staying away from their comforters & blankets and probably pillows too.
clare
#14 posted September 10, 2006 at 3:27am (EDT)  
Okay, now my skin is crawling.
ROCKMAN
#15 posted September 10, 2006 at 8:21am (EDT)  
I've fished with crickets for bait all my life and have never been bitten by one. I have a basket full of them on the dock right now for crappie fishing later. I don't think they bite. People anyways. You'd think if they were going to bite they would bite you while you were trying to stick a hook through them.
ultamate
#16 posted September 10, 2006 at 11:15am (EDT)  
pennyann wrote:
> Bedbugs are different than dust mites. I used
> to think bedbugs was just a joke but they really
> exist.


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I thought so too until Wolf and Zang enlightened me.
ultamate
#17 posted September 10, 2006 at 11:39am (EDT)  
pennyann wrote:
> I cleaned hotel rooms during the summer in high
> school. They are nasty places. I mean, you can't
> clean the walls every day, or the carpet. People
> do nasty sh*t in hotel rooms and you have person
> after person. I suggest staying away from their
> comforters & blankets and probably pillows too.

I learned the hard way to look under the bottom sheet to check the condition of the mattress before I jump in the bed. If the mattress is stained they are giving me another room. I never go to a hotel with out my own bedding, including a plastic mattress cover. If a person really thinks about how nasty a mattress could be they should realize that the bed spread is rarely washed. I get shivers down my spine just thinking of the nasty chit on one of those bed spreads! And you think the toilet, shower and sink are clean? I used to work part time cleaning rooms. I was trained to use the same mop, same dirty water I used on the floor to clean the shower.
they Survey Central Subscriber
#18 posted September 10, 2006 at 12:09pm (EDT)  
A friend of mine told me she got scabies once from a motel comforter.

She told me that they do not regularly wash these. Is it true?
cabinfever
#19 posted September 10, 2006 at 3:20pm (EDT)  
It is, unfortunately. I never knew that until a few months ago when MSN ran a story on it. Supposedly some of the nicer hotel chains are doing away with their colored, pattered bedspreads and using white or solid-colored ones and having them washed after every stay. Trying to 'clean up' their image, so to speak.
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#20 posted September 10, 2006 at 5:38pm (EDT)  
It seems very odd that russo301 created this account just to post this message.
cabinfever
#21 posted September 10, 2006 at 5:55pm (EDT)  
Been a little rash of that lately.
RGirl
#22 posted September 10, 2006 at 8:48pm (EDT)  
they wrote:
> A friend of mine told me she got scabies once from a motel comforter.
>
> She told me that they do not regularly wash these. Is it true?

No, in fact, they rarely wash them.
clare
#23 posted September 10, 2006 at 9:09pm (EDT)  
ROCKMAN wrote:
> I've fished with crickets for bait all
> my life and have never been bitten by
> one. I have a basket full of them on
> the dock right now for crappie fishing
> later. I don't think they bite. People
> anyways. You'd think if they were going
> to bite they would bite you while you
> were trying to stick a hook through
> them.
>

The link says that house crickets bite, but you might have field crickets instead. It doesn't mention them biting people.
Amanda
#24 posted September 10, 2006 at 10:55pm (EDT)  
What's the difference in a house cricket and a field cricket?
clare
#25 posted September 10, 2006 at 11:59pm (EDT)
edited September 11, 2006 at 12:01am (EDT)  
According to the the article, they are different in size and color. It states that the field cricket is more robust than the house cricket. There are pictures of both on a previous post of mine.

RGirl
#26 posted September 11, 2006 at 12:19am (EDT)  
Trust me, there is a big difference between a house cricket and a field cricket. I had only seen house crickets. They seemed kinda cute & quaint if annoying at times. Field crickets are big hard shiny and black. They are like glossy tanks. When they hop & hit something like a piece of paper or cardbaord you can hear how hard their exoskeleton is. I hate them with a passion.