Have you seen crickets springing from the walls of your basement or jumping around in other rooms of your home? Do those crickets have a humped back and a spider-like appearance? Well, you may have camel crickets. Here are a few things you should know.
Why Do I Have Camel Crickets?
There are several things that could have led to your camel cricket infestation. These are moisture pests. If you have conditions around your home that promote moisture, this could have lured these insects close to your foundation walls. Some examples of this are shaded areas near your exterior walls that don't allow rainwater to dry quickly, puddles close to your home due to slopes, water next to your foundation from broken or obstructed gutters, and similar conditions.
Camel crickets are also fond of wood piles, leaf litter, weeds, and tall grass. If the perimeter of your home feels like home to them, they'll come in close to your walls. When they do, they can find holes, gaps, and cracks to slip in through.
Often, crickets begin in the crawl spaces under a home. If you have crawl spaces, it is a good idea to have them sealed and well ventilated. Not just to prevent camel crickets, but a whole host of other moisture pests, some of which can be extremely destructive for your home.
Another common entry point that camel crickets exploit are holes created by other bugs and rodents. If you're seeing camel crickets, there is a good chance you have other pests getting into your home as well. It is important to do a detailed inspection and seal up any holes you find. If you don't have the ability to properly fix them, use a caulking gun to apply a temporary seal.
Camel Cricket Problems
When camel crickets get into a home, they can be disgusting and unwelcome guests. While they do not have the ability to make irritating chirping sounds, like other crickets, they more than makeup for it by sitting on basement walls and leaping out of the darkness as we humans go by. And, it doesn't help that they look like a spider. If you happen to notice one of these insects out of the corner of your eye and mistake it for a spider, you're liable to have a heart attack when it leaps several feet in your direction.
Besides their ability to give us a coronary, they can also be a damaging pest when they come inside. Camel crickets have been referred to by some entomologists as the "goats" of the insect world. This is because they feed on a wide selection of substances. They'll nibble on fungus, algae, mold, mildew, plants, and insects, but also drapes, bedding, clothing, furniture, and more. If you have fabric items that are of value to you, it is a good idea to seal these insects out of your home.
Camel crickets don't pay too much attention to humans unless we scare them. That is what prompts them to leap off walls in our direction. But, this lack of interest in humans can bring these insects into close contact with us. If you don't mind rolling over in bed and laying your skin against the hard shell of a scratchy, creepy bug, then you have nothing to worry about. But, if this sort of thing makes you say, "Yeah, um, no." Then you're probably going to want to do something to keep camel crickets out.
While camel crickets are mostly a nuisance pest, they are usually a sign of trouble that should not be ignored. If you have crickets, contact a pest control company and have a professional inspection done. This will help you understand the pest pressures in and around your home, and give you vital data that will help you arrest damage that is being caused by water, moisture, and unwanted critters.
If you're in our Tennessee service area, let the pros here at Russell's Pest Control give you a hand. Our team is one of the best in the industry. Find out all of the many reasons why over 8,000 homes and businesses in Tennessee trust Russell's to protect their property from destructive pests. Contact us, we're standing by to serve you.
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