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Cave/Camel Crickets

What do camel crickets look like?

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With a bent body shape that give them a “humped” appearance, it’s easy to see why camel crickets are named they way they are.  This type of cricket is also called cave crickets because they are often found living in caves and other dark damp locations (like your basement).  Regardless of what you call them, this type of cricket is wingless and are light brown to dark brown with dark banding on their body.  They have very large hind legs, long antennae, and can grow to between ½ an inch and 1 ½ inches in length. 

Camel cricket behaviors

Unlike other crickets, this species does not have the ability to create sound.

Camel crickets are nocturnal creatures hiding during the day and coming out at night to feed; they are omnivores and therefore have a wide diet that includes clothing and fabrics.  Outside, these crickets can be found living underneath mulch piles, landscaping ties, woodpiles, under sheds and decks, and around drainage pipes.

They usually live outside but will move inside if the weather becomes too hot or dry for them to live comfortably.  Once inside, they will choose a moist dark location to hide and live in.  Camel crickets are usually found in damp basements, closets, crawl spaces, sheds, and garages.

Are camel crickets dangerous?

No, camel crickets are not considered to be a dangerous pest; they do not bite or sting and are not known to transmit pathogens to humans.  They can, however, be difficult to eliminate from homes and can damage fabric furniture, curtains, and clothing while feeding on them.  

Can Suburban help with a camel cricket problem?

We certainly can! At Suburban Exterminating, we offer home pest control programs that are effective in keeping camel crickets, other occasional invaders and common household pests out.  Benefits of our Seasonal Pest Protection include customized service appointments, regularly scheduled preventative services, unlimited service calls, and inspections completed by our highly trained pest control technicians as well as year-round peace of mind.   

For more information about getting rid of camel crickets or to schedule your free estimate, contact Suburban Exterminating of Long Island today!

Camel cricket prevention tips

The most effective way to prevent camel cricket infestations is to reduce moisture levels in and around your home.  Make sure that gutters are free of clogs and working to direct water away from your home, and fix leaky fixtures and pipes in and around your home.  In areas of your home that hold moisture like basements or crawl spaces, use de-humidifiers.  It is also a good idea to seal any cracks or crevices found in the foundation and seal spaces found around utility pipes and wires that are entering your home.

 

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