Camel cricket, camel back crickets

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Camel Cricket

Camel crickets are a moderately common group of insects. They are also known as cave crickets, a name descriptive of their natural habitat. Like all crickets, the camel crickets have very large hind legs and long antennae. They are brownish in color and humpbacked in appearance and have a body length of about 3/4 inch. Unlike field crickets, camel crickets are wingless.


Camel cricket, camel back crickets

Camel Cricket

As the name implies, cave crickets are found in caves. However, they live in other cool, damp situations such as in wells, rotten logs, stumps and hollow trees, and under damp leaves, stones, boards and logs.


Camel crickets live outdoors in wide open spaces like meadows, pastures and roads. In winter, they go under the rocks or logs to escape the cold. They are nocturnal and are very active during the nights. Crickets are omnivores and feed on almost anything- usually organic materials, plant decay, grass, fruits, seedling plants, fungi and even meat.


Camel crickets usually reside in wells, hollow tress, under damp leaves/stones/logs/boards. They generally wander into houses by mistake and are basically harmless. Camel crickets can be controlled by cleaning out any damp and moist sites in and around the house. This includes dirty piles of stones, bricks or leaves. Sprinkle cricket baits available in the market; sticky traps can be used to trap crickets, which can then be flushed down the toilet or destroyed;


Camel crickets feed on leaf debris, paper products, and even fabrics like linens and furs. They will typically eat any kind of decaying organic matter. They become pests to humans in times of extreme weather conditions such as excessive rainfall or long periods of hot, dry weather. Because they love moist and humid areas, you can expect to see them any place where moisture is available.


Camel cricket, camel back crickets

Camel crickets

Camel crickets cannot reproduce indoors unless they are exposed to moisture for a significant period of time. Female camel crickets lay their eggs in the soil in early spring. These eggs hatch into nymphs. The females lay their eggs in the spring and then they start to hatch out during April and May


This species has not been studied as closely as other insect pests. It is known that they overwinter as nymphs as well as adults.. They have very poor eyesight since they are in a very dark environment most of their life. They need a high moisture environment.


Camel crickets can become a severe pest problem when they invade your home. They can frighten you when you when they jump all over the place when you least expect them


Prevention of Camel Cricket in your home :

  • 1) Seal any gaps or cracks in windows, doors and the foundation of your home.
  • 2) Tightly apply weather-stripping to the bottom of garage doors and entryways.
  • 3) Avoid putting shrubs or ground cover near the foundation of your home.
  • 4) Place glue boards in corners and behind appliances to trap camel crickets.


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