The common name comes from the fact that these crickets often enter housed where they can survive indefinitely. Having been introduced from Europe this species is found throughout the United Stated but is a pest primarily east of the Rocky Mountains.
Adults about 3/4"-7/8" (18-22 mm) long. Color light yellowish brown with dark crossbands on head. Antennae threadlike longer than body.
During warm weather house crickets typically live outdoors and especially in garbage dumps. With approach of cold weather they seek sheltered places such as sheds and houses.