How to Prevent & Get Rid of Cave Crickets AKA Camel & Spider Crickets in Bedminster, NJ
Cave crickets, also known as camel crickets and spider crickets, are unlike most other crickets. They don’t chirp and will consume their own body parts in order to survive. The fact they don’t regenerate these eaten body parts makes them very creepy.
What Do Camel Crickets Look Like?
Camel crickets can be two inches in length, not including their legs. They do not have wings and are brown in color. They have strong bristles on their long, back legs that allow for digging and they can jump far and high. They have very poor eyesight due to their dark living conditions which is why they might jump right at you. Cave crickets look like they have a humped back as their bodies are bent forward which is why they are called camel crickets too.
Where Do Cave Crickets Live?
Many of us hate going into the basement but imagine flipping the lights on to see these ugly creatures. Then, even more alarming, you muster the courage to get closer to stomp it out only to have it jump at you sending you screaming up the stairs! Cave crickets will find cool, damp places like underneath rotten logs, damp leaves and stones to live. They have very poor eyesight due to their dark living conditions which is why they might jump right at you. If it becomes too hot and dry, they will look for ways inside. It’s good to know that when they are indoors it’s difficult for them to find a location dark and damp enough to reproduce, but if they do infest your home, you need to locate the areas they are living and eliminate any possible breeding conditions.
Spider Cricket Prevention
You will only know you have cave crickets if you see them as they don’t chirp and if infestations get out of hand, you might have smeared fecal matter. They have been known to cause damage to clothing and drapes when they infest a home. You can deter them by removing piles of damp leaves or wood that surround the structure. Make sure the basement crawlspace is ventilated and dry as these conditions are inhospitable for cave crickets and screens should be placed on crawlspace vents and basement windows to keep them out. You can also construct a trap by taking a shoebox and cutting a hole in the side of it. Line the inside with wax or sticky paper and give it a few days. Take the box outside and open to see if you’ve caught any. The best thing to do is work from the outside in and prevent them from getting into your home.
Cave Cricket Control
If you should happen to encounter a cave cricket on your next stop down to the basement, you can always contact Merlin’s Pest Control to help you get rid of them.