Pest of the Month: Camel Crickets
If you’ve ever seen a camel cricket then you know that you would never want one to be in your home. Unfortunately, these pests will find their way into your house and surprise you by leaping from surface to surface.
- Size: ½ to 1 ½ inches
- Color: Ranges from Light Tan to Dark Brown
- Distinguishing Characteristics: Large hind legs and antennae, hunchback appearance, head is between their legs, do not chirp like other crickets
- Whereabouts: Throughout the United States; can be found in damp locations like basements, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, etc.
What They Infest
Camel crickets will find their way into your home anytime of the year. However, in the spring they will begin laying their eggs. Within just a few weeks there will be a considerable amount of these crickets infesting your property and home. These pests can do some damage as they usually go after houseplants, fine fabrics, furniture, and sometimes clothing. While they can cause some damage they are considered to be more of a nuisance pest.
To keep camel crickets from entering your home you need to keep a low humidity level. On top of controlling the moisture levels you should also be doing some landscaping around your home. Keep the lawn and weeds trimmed, avoid putting mulch near the side of your home, and move wood piles away from the house. You should also repair any holes or cracks and install weatherstripping so the crickets don’t have an easy entrance point. If you’ve done each and every one of these things and you still have a camel cricket problem, you may need professional help.
Walking into your basement and suddenly seeing camel crickets is an alarming sight to see, especially since they look like spiders at first! When you need a professional to remove these pests from your home, contact the experts at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more, or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.