Have you ever heard of home invaders called camel crickets? Camel cricket is just one of many names used. They are also known as cave crickets, spider crickets, or sprickets. Camel crickets tend to congregate in large groups, and if the environment in your home is right, they might decide to move in. We’ll teach you how to identify, prevent, and control camel crickets.
Camel crickets look similar to other types of crickets with a few key differences. They are sometimes called spider crickets because of their long legs. Their hind legs are especially long and powerful. Camel crickets also have an arched back, hence the name. They are typically mottled light and dark brown in color with dark brown bands on their legs. They range in size from about ½ – 1 ½ inches long.
Camel crickets usually live in dark, damp environments like rotting logs, leaf litter, caves, mulch, and under stones. When the weather gets dry and warm, camel crickets will sometimes move into homes where they can find more moisture. Inside homes the most common places to find camel crickets are basements and crawl spaces. Although they are not a health threat, camel crickets can become nuisances. When they are disturbed, they will jump at you, which can be quite alarming. They also have powerful mandibles and will chew through household items like fabric, wood, cardboard, plants, and carpets.
Prevention and Control
Controlling camel crickets begins with making sure that the exterior of your home is adequately sealed. Make sure that all cracks and gaps are filled with caulk or expandable spray foam. It is also important to ensure that windows and doors close snuggly and have intact screens. The next important step is to get rid of excess moisture. Repair any leaky pipes or faucets around the house and fix drainage problems. Since basements are a major problem, make sure that you keep your basement dry, well-lit, and decluttered. Lastly, eliminate potential harborages around your yard by keeping vegetation trimmed and removing woodpiles and debris.
If you are dealing with camel crickets or other types of crickets, give EcoArmor Pest Defense a call. We are your Anna, Texas Pest Control experts.