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Camel Cricket

Various, mostly Ceuthophilus spp.

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    What are Camel Crickets?

    Camel crickets get their common name from their humpbacked appearance, which is like that of a camel. Commonly known as cave crickets or spider crickets, this species can be found in caves, as well as damp, cool areas underneath damp leaves, stones and rotting logs. They are widespread in the United and have a lifespan of about one to two years. Camel crickets do not possess sound producing organs, and therefore do not chirp. Additionally, the adults do not have wings, unlike other cricket species. Using their long limbs, camel crickets leap when they are frightened since it’s the only defense mechanism they have to scare off predators.

    Pest Stats

    • Color: Light to dark brown, often mottled with dark bands on some segments
    • Legs: 6
    • Shape: Humpbacked with long, very enlarged hind legs
    • Size: ½”- 1 ½” (13-33 mm)
    • Antennae: Yes

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    What do Camel Crickets Look Like?

    Cave crickets are light to dark brown in color, often spotted with lighter or darker areas. Adults can grow to between 13 to 33 mm. Though lacking wings, they possess large hind legs and a lengthy set of antennae that helps them navigate dark environments.

    Do Camel Crickets Bite?

    Camel cricks do not pose any health threats to humans, as they lack fangs or the ability to bite. However, they can become a nuisance if they enter a home. Some species have been known to damage clothing and other fabrics like curtains.

    Camel Cricket Prevention

    The most effective way to prevent a cave cricket infestation is to reduce areas of moisture in and around the home. A dehumidifier is recommended to prevent moisture buildup indoors. Additionally, homeowners should seal all possible points of entry around the house, keep crawl spaces, basements and attics well ventilated, and store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house. Reduction or elimination of moist harborage near structures, such as removing woodpiles and debris, can help control outdoor Camel cricket populations. Since these pests can find homes in garbage cans or tall grass, homeowner should be sure to move cans away from their house and mow tall grass.

    How to Get Rid of Camel Crickets

    If you suspect a camel cricket infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest control professional to conduct an interior and exterior inspection and work with you to develop a camel cricket treatment plan.

    Are Camel Crickets Poisonous?

    Posing no health risks to human, camel crickets are in fact not poisonous. Furthermore, these pests are not known to carry any diseases.

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    Habitat

    Camel crickets are found outdoors around buildings, typically in cool, moist environments such as under mulch, stones, railroad ties, woodpiles, and debris. Around homes, they can also be found in wells and drainage pipes, or under sheds and air conditioner units. Crawl spaces are commonplace to find Camel Crickets, especially if space has moisture problems. The crickets can make their home in the crawl space and find their way into the home.

    Indoors, camel crickets are often found in damp basements, utility rooms, crawl spaces, garages and occasionally in attics. They often invade structures when it becomes hot and dry outside.

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