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Camel Crickets

What do camel crickets look like?

Camel crickets, or cave crickets as they are commonly referred to, are a unique looking species of cricket. These crickets do not possess sound producing organs and therefore do not chirp.

Camel crickets have a distinctive “humped” appearance and very large, powerful back legs that they use for quickly jumping away from predators and other sources of danger. They are a large species of cricket with adults growing to between ½ and 1 ½ inches in length. The camel cricket is light brown to dark brown in color and may be mottled and/or have dark banding on their bodies or legs.

Camel Cricket

Are camel crickets dangerous?

Camel crickets are not dangerous to people, with no known instances of them biting or transmitting diseases. Camel crickets are, however, dangerous to personal items found within homes. Camel crickets will feed on and damage things like upholstered furniture, linens, curtains, clothing, and other similar items.

Why are camel crickets in my home?

Camel crickets are typically found living outside in cool, damp, moist areas like underneath of mulch, landscaping ties, woodpiles, fallen trees, or decks. However if the weather outside suddenly becomes too hot and dry, and their humidity needs are not being met, they will move inside homes, sheds, garages, and other buildings.

Inside of homes camel crickets will hide out in dark, quiet, humid areas which usually include places like basements, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, and crawl spaces.

How do you get rid of camel crickets?

Due to their many difficult to reach hiding spots, ridding your home of camel crickets can be a tricky and frustrating task, and one that should be left up to the pest professionals at Spencer Pest Services.

Spencer Pest Services will eliminate camel crickets from your property through our year-round residential pest control packages. Our pest control professionals have the experience, dedication, and training needed to control camel crickets in your home and prevent future problems with them. Contact us today for more information about our camel cricket control services.

Camel cricket prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control program, there are several things you can do in and around your home to prevent problems with camel crickets.

  • Seal gaps found in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors, and make sure that weather stripping is intact.
  • Make sure that door sweeps are placed on all exterior doors, especially basement doors.
  • Seal openings that are found around pipes, wires, and other utilities entering into your house.
  • Reduce humidity levels inside of your home by installing dehumidifiers, fixing leaky pipes, and making sure that crawl spaces are properly ventilated.
  • Limit the amount of spaces camel crickets have to hide within your home by eliminating clutter found in storage areas like basements, attics, and closets.