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The Creepy Crickets Invading New York Basements


Camels are amazing animals. They can live up to two months without water and can withstand extreme temperatures. Camel crickets, on the other hand, are less exciting, especially when they’re in your home. Unlike camels, camel crickets need a lot of moisture to survive, and they like living in the climate-controlled spaces of your house rather than in the harsh temperatures of the outdoors. If you would like to know more about these creepy pests, keep reading to find out how to keep them out of your home this fall.

Camel Cricket Appearance

Camel crickets can range in size from half an inch to 1.5 inches. They have six legs and two long antennae, and their hind legs are particularly large. They often have a hunchback appearance, which is how they earned their name. They can be tan or brown, often with dark spots or bands. They’re also called spider crickets, sand treaders, and cave crickets. They’re nocturnal and attracted to moisture.

Camel Crickets in the Home

Camel crickets are most active in New York this time of year because they don’t like the extreme heat of summer or the intense cold of winter. They don’t bite, but they are considered a nuisance pest. Camel crickets can cause property damage as they chew on fabrics, linens, and clothing.

Camel crickets can be found wherever there is moisture in your home. They often hide out in basements, crawl spaces, sheds, garages, attics, and other storage areas. They can also be found outside, often around debris, thick plants, or structures.

Camel Cricket Prevention

The best way to keep camel crickets out of your house is to reduce moisture. If you have spaces such as basements or attics that aren’t well ventilated, a dehumidifier can help make these areas dry and unappealing to camel crickets. Check regularly for any water damage that may be increasing moisture or providing good hiding places for camel crickets.

Prevention also requires a look outside. Remove organic debris and clear the plants and foliage that are near your house. By clearing out your yard, you keep camel crickets further from your house and make it less appealing to them so they don't come in closer. Keep them out by sealing holes around the foundation of your house. Check screens for tears or holes and repair them and check the exterior of your home for other possible entry points.

If you find camel crickets in your home, Parkway Pest Services can help. Camel crickets often hide out in dark, difficult-to-reach areas. They can be creepy and hard to get rid of. Instead of spending your nights hoping one won’t jump on you, call Parkway Pest Services for pest control options. We offer year-round services to keep your home pest-free, or we can come for a one-time treatment to get camel crickets out of your basement.