Camel Crickets

Rhaphidophoridae
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What do camel crickets look like?

camel cricket on a new jersey driveway

Camel crickets are light to dark brown in color and have a hump-back appearance like a… you guessed it, camel. Measuring up to 1 ½ inches in length, this type of cricket has six legs, long antennae, and no wings. 

Unlike other types of crickets that chirp, camel crickets are not capable of chirping because they do not have the sound producing organs needed to do so.

Are camel crickets harmful?

No, camel crickets are not harmful. They do not bite or sting but will use their large hind legs to leap if frightened. For this reason, camel crickets often produce a startling reaction in those they encounter.

Though they are not a health threat, it should be noted that camel crickets eat fabrics including clothing.

What are camel crickets attracted to?

Another name these pests are often referred to as is cave crickets and appropriately so. They prefer dark, damp places similar to caves. Mulch, woodpiles, basements, crawl spaces, and garages are where property owners often find these pests.

They are also classified as occasional invaders like silverfish and click beetles and will make their way indoors when the weather cools, when it’s too dry outside, or quite simply by accident.

How do I get rid of camel crickets?

If you’ve found your property dealing with a camel cricket infestation, please reach out to the New Jersey pest control pros at Arrow for help. When you schedule a free evaluation, we’ll send out one of our highly trained and fully licensed pest control specialists to perform a thorough inspection of your property, identify your pest(s), and recommend a treatment plan.

For property owners looking for a permanent solution, our local, family-operated company offers year-round pest control plans that target 30+ pests including crickets. View our home pest control plans and pricing here.

Can I prevent a camel cricket infestation?

In order to prevent camel crickets and other pests from infesting your home, we recommend implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Seal all gaps, cracks, and openings on the foundation or elsewhere on the exterior of the house.
  • Run a dehumidifier and correct ventilation in areas that are prone to moisture.
  • Fix or replace leaking pipes and appliances.
  • Rake up leaves and clear up other debris in your yard.
  • Repair or replace window screens and install screened doors if you like to keep your entry doors open.
  • Keep garage doors closed when not in use.
  • Unclog gutters to ensure water is able to pass through correctly.
  • Make sure downspouts are pointed away from the house to prevent water from collecting by the foundation.
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