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(Also known as stone crickets and cave crickets)
Camel crickets can become a severe pest problem when they invade your home. They can be frightening, jumping all over the place when you least expect them.
Adult camel crickets are 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long; entire body and antennae can be 4 inches. They are brownish to grayish in color and have a humpback appearance. They have two long, back legs and 2 very long antennae. Their legs resemble grasshopper's legs in that they use them to propel themselves. Camel crickets are wingless. The young can look almost translucent.
This species has not been studied as closely as other insect pests. It is known that they overwinter as nymphs as well as adults. The females lay their eggs in the spring; the eggs start to hatch during April and May. Camel crickets have very poor eyesight since they are in a very dark environment most of their life. They need a high moisture environment.
Camel crickets are usually first seen in lower floors, basements areas, storage rooms, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, etc.
When these populations increase to high populations, usually in the crawlspaces, they invade homes on the lower floors. They usually are not a problem until they get inside the home.
They are nocturnal or active at night. They can be scary because they jump about when you least expect it.
For some reason, they tend to jump toward an envisioned threat. They have been known to jump down the shirts of individuals. Very disturbing!
Camel crickets feed on organic material.
Do-it-yourself ways to reduce the conditions that harbor and attract the camel cricket:
Economy Exterminators' Pest Elimination Plus program uses the 4-step approach to solve your camel cricket problem: