camel cricket crawling in basement

There are many bugs and wild animals that get into our homes, but only a few are considered dangerous. Spiders, with medically important venom, like the brown recluse and the black widow; bugs that spread diseases that have lifelong health implications, like ticks; biting insects that are vectors for life-threatening disease, like mosquitoes; and creatures that can poison our foods, like cockroaches and rodents, all top the list. Then, there are secondary pests that can be dangerous to specific people. For those who are allergic to the sting of a wasp, fire ant, or bee these insects can be quite dangerous. What do you consider to be dangerous? Would you put bed bugs on your list for their ability to torment an entire family with painful, itchy welts? Would you add pests that can damage a home or damage our belongings because that can lead to financial hardship? When it comes to determining whether or not camel crickets are dangerous, it comes down to what you think dangerous is.

Do camel crickets bite? No. Do they spread diseases and illness? No. But these are not the only ways a bug can be dangerous. If you have a weak heart, you may not want to have these crickets in your home. Camel crickets have a defense mechanism that causes them to leap directly at creatures they perceive to be a threat. If you startle a camel cricket in your basement, you may get startled yourself. This is fine for someone with a good ticker. But, if you have heart issues, the last thing you need is a spider-looking creature jumping out at you from the darkness of your basement.

Do camel crickets destroy a home? No. Do they chew pathways for other bugs to get into a home? No. But, for a creature that has been nicknamed the "goat" of the insect kingdom, you are probably not going to want to have these insects in your home. They can be quite dangerous to your clothing, upholstered furniture, curtains, and other fabrics. The more crickets you have, the more damage they're going to do.

Aside from these two, very specific threats, camel crickets are just nuisance pests. There are few people who enjoy having hard-shelled creatures crawl on them while they're enjoying a television show. And, to more people, camel crickets are hideous to look at.

Identification

The first step in dealing with a camel cricket problem is to identify what pest you're dealing with. If you're hearing chirping sounds, you don't have camel crickets. Camel crickets don't make noise--well, except when they're chewing on something. If you're hearing chirping sounds, you're dealing with another kind of cricket.

Camel crickets are between ½ an inch to 1 ½ inches and a mixture of brown and tan. Their most noticeable features are their long, spider-like legs, their long antennae, and their humped back--which is why they have the camel name. If you see this on the floor of your basement or garage, you're likely to mistake them for spiders at first. This has led some to name these insects spider crickets or sprickets.

Cricket Pest Control

If you have camel crickets, you're going to have to attack the problem in two ways. You need to remove or reduce the conditions that are bringing these insects close to your home and make the interior of your home less comfortable for them. In both cases, moisture is a big factor. Fix leaky spigots and damaged gutter systems on the outside of your home. Install fans and dehumidifiers inside your home.

Once this is done, you need to find and seal any entry points. The biggest reason you have camel crickets is because these insects are finding a way in. Look for holes, gaps, and cracks in your exterior walls and foundation and seal them.

If you continue to get camel crickets, you should reach out to a pest control company for assistance. Routine visits from a professional pest control technician will give your home the necessary protection you need to bolster vulnerable areas and maintain a proper barrier to exclude these and other unwanted invaders.

If you live in Tennessee, let Russell's Pest Control give you a hand. Call for a free in-home pest evaluation and we'll guide you toward an effective solution that will resolve your issue and keep those pests out for good.

 

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