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Crickets (Camel Cricket)
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Crickets (Camel Cricket)

Crickets (Camel Cricket)

Description

  • Size: 1/2 to 1 and 1/2 inches
  • Color: Tan to dark brown, often with dark bands.
  • Distinctive long legs and antennae with a strongly humpbacked body.
  • Wingless and do not chirp.
  • Other common names include cave crickets and spider crickets.

Habits of Camel Crickets

  • Primarily feed and reproduce outdoors, but are often found in homes to escape hot, dry weather and overwinter.
  • Eggs are laid in the spring and hatch in April. Populations survive the winter as nymphs or adults.
  • Notable ability to jump long distances.

Damage From Crickets

  • Primarily a nuisance pest, but their large size and rapid jumping is often alarming.
  • There have been some reports of feeding damage to clothes and lace curtains.

Look for:

  • Camel crickets indoors in dark rooms, such as basements, crawl spaces, garages, and attics.
  • Camel crickets outdoors in firewood piles, underneath stones, or in other moist, protected areas.

How to Control and Kill Crickets

  • Reduce nearby outdoor populations by storing firewood away from the building and keeping the landscape free from debris and thick vegetation that may provide shelter.
  • Prevent movement of crickets indoors by sealing cracks and entry points such as damaged door frames around the exterior of a building.
  • Remove sources of moisture indoors or use a dehumidifier to make interior spaces less conducive to crickets.
  • Capture and remove crickets indoors with a vacuum cleaner and glue boards.

Innovative Pest Management serves the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland area. Call us at (240) 755-0077 to schedule a free quote or appointment.

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