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Camel Crickets

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CAMEL CRICKET
QUICK ID:

Color:
Tan with a humped back
Legs: Six; unusually long, powerful back legs Shape: Oval
Size: 1.5 inches
Other: Wingless
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Camel crickets, also known as cave crickets and spider crickets, are commonly found in cool, damp areas such as beneath rotten logs, damp leaves and stones....and basements.

Camel crickets are wingless, brown and may measure up to one inch in length. They have large hind legs and a set of long antennae. The camel cricket’s long limbs enable them to jump high and far. The bodies of these crickets are bent forward and appear to be humped at the back. Many cave cricket species live without sufficient food sources. Some species of camel cricket have been known to damage clothing and curtains when they invaded homes.

Camel crickets seldom invade homes although some do move inside when their environment becomes too hot and dry. They are not usually capable of reproducing outside of their native habitats and rarely find indoor locations that are dark and damp enough to suit them. However, should a camel cricket infestation become a problem in your home, it is important to locate and eliminate all possible breeding conditions. Piles of damp wood or leaves in or surrounding the structure should be removed. Outdoor lighting should be changed to sodium vapor bulbs. The basement or crawlspace should be kept ventilated and dry, as these conditions prove unlivable to cave cricket populations. Screens on crawlspace vents and basement windows can help to keep these crickets out.

Why they are a problem:

  • Outside, they feed on plants and dead or live insects, including other crickets.
  • Indoors, house crickets will eat mostly organic material but have been known to feast on fabric, eating large areas, leaving holes.
  • They are attracted to clothes soiled with perspiration.
  • Camel crickets may also attack paper, damage silk, woolens, fruits, and vegetables all kinds of foods, and even rubber.
  • Unless large numbers occur, cricket damage is usually minor.

Finding the SOLUTION:

  • HABITAT REDUCTION: Clean out covered window wells
  • MOISTURE REDUCTION

  • SEALING OF CRACKS AROUND YOUR HOME

  • CRAWL SPACE VENTS: Crickets enter through crawl space vents. If you don’t have a screen over it put one on...or call Royal Pest and we’ll do it for you

  • CALL ROYAL PEST SOLUTIONS.

  • Royal Pest will treat the exterior or your home with a granular GREEN, bait that will kill crickets outside

  • Royal will also treat the interior crawl space where crickets cluster

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