Cave/Camel Crickets

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Fall



0.5 - 1.5 inches

Inch Long



What do Cave/Camel Crickets look like?

With a bent body shape that gives them a “humped” appearance, it’s easy to see why camel crickets are named the 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 inch in length. Unlike other crickets, cave/camel crickets do not have the ability to create sound.

What are the signs of Cave/Camel Crickets?

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.

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.


Cave crickets can be difficult to eliminate from homes and can damage fabric furniture, curtains, and clothing while feeding on them.

What Damage do Cave/Camel Crickets cause?

Cave crickets can be difficult to eliminate from homes and can damage fabric furniture, curtains, and clothing while feeding on them.

How do you prevent Cave/Camel Crickets?

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 dehumidifiers. 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.

How do I get rid of Cave/Camel Crickets?

The best way to get rid of cave crickets is to vacuum them up. However, some hide really well, contact Suburban Exterminating to find their tricky hiding spots.

Can Cave/Camel Crickets hurt me?

Crickets not known to bite or carry diseases. The most damage they cause is to items with fabric such as couches, curtains, and clothing.

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