It’s the humped appearance of the camel cricket that gives this insect its name, not an ability to survive in hot and dry conditions. In fact, camel crickets prefer dark and humid locations, which is why they seek out damp basements, crawl spaces, and similar places to live. You may also find them in garages, under sheds, and beneath air conditioning units. Camel crickets are a type of cave cricket and are related to hundreds of other species of crickets.
You can distinguish them by looking for:
- A brown or grayish body that’s 1 to 1 ½ inches long
- Antennae up to 4 inches long
- A lack of wings
- Long hind legs that resemble a chicken drumstick
- A humped appearance with the legs high in the back and the head bent downwards
Camel crickets have poor eyesight and rely on their sense of touch to move around and hunt.
If you happen to startle a camel cricket, it will react by jumping with its powerful hind legs—the defense it uses against all predators. While this can be frightening, the camel cricket does not harm people. Since it feeds on organic materials, however, it can damage items stored in basements and other moist locations.
If you have large numbers of camel crickets living in your home, you may see the dark stains of their excrement on walls. To minimize damage from camel crickets in your home, make it harder for them to get to the moist, dark places they like.
You can do the following:
- Caulk or use stripping around door and window frames
- Install screens at windows
- Keep weeds and tall grass away from the buildings
If you use your basement or crawl space for storage, consider using a humidifier to reduce moisture. Stack boxes off the ground and away from the walls.
As a Home Protection Plan customer, if you’re not satisfied with our pest control service, we will service your home at no additional cost until your issue is solved or receive your money back from your last scheduled service.
If you haven’t had any success in getting rid of camel crickets on your own, give Brody Brothers a call. We can suggest and perform the pest control treatments that will keep these annoying pests out of your home and out of your stored possessions.
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