First off, you might be looking at the title and thinking camel crickets? What the heck is a camel cricket? Great question! Most of us have probably encountered a camel cricket or two dozen in our lives, we just weren't aware of what the creepy thing we were facing was exactly. Is it a cricket? Is it a spider? Is it some mutant cross-breed? In simple terms, a camel cricket is a part of the cricket family that has similarities to a spider in looks. It can be referred to as a “spricket” or spider-cricket. In more formal terms, it is part of the Rhaphidophoridae family and has 6 legs with the two legs in back being longer and two antennas and a one-humped back.
The Life of a Camel Cricket
Camel crickets prefer to live in dark wet environments. You will most often find them in basements, garages, greenhouses, sheds – anywhere where there is moisture and vegetation. They are essentially scavengers and will eat anything. And by anything, we are talking fungi on basement walls, scraps of food, rotted trash, fabric, dead animals and insects, feces, even each other! In this regard, they can be considered an asset as they will clean up the disgusting things found in your dank basement or garage. However, they can be a nuisance as they will chew through cloth and fabric like a moth.
Camel crickets are actually harmless to humans. They don't bite, they don't make noises like normal crickets, they don't fly and do not spread illness or disease. In order to defend themselves, they use their longer back legs to leap at their predators. The bad thing about this is that they may consider you a predator and leap at you – a terrifying thought.
How to Get Rid of Camel Crickets
While they aren't harmful, we know you just don't want critters in your house. There are some things you can do to get rid of them:
Waterproof your basement, garage and storage areas
Run a dehumidifier in damp areas of your home
Seal windows and cracks to prevent insects from getting in
Clean up and remove debris and other food sources, including pet food
Spray cracks and corners with natural peppermint oil
Set sticky traps, or homemade duct tape traps
If none of these methods work, it might be time to call a professional pest control company like Russell’s Pest Control. We can help you eliminate camel crickets with either a one-time service or can provide you with year-round protection with one of our residential pest control plans, the decision is yours.