Camel crickets look nothing like their name suggests. They don’t store water in their backs, and they don’t live overseas. Camel crickets may actually be in your Nassau County home, but how do you know? Here is everything you need to know about camel crickets.
What Are Camel Crickets?
Camel crickets are also called cave crickets or sprickets, depending on where you live. Camel crickets are a decent size, measuring between half an inch to 1.5 inches in length. They have large legs and a humpback appearance from which they earned their name. The camel cricket has 6 legs, long antennae and large hind legs. The camel cricket is light brown in color with dark spots or bands on segments.
Why Camel Crickets Invade Our Homes
Crickets prefer cool, moist areas. These crickets are usually found outside homes, under mulch piles, paving stones and woodpiles. They can be found indoors as well. Camel crickets move indoors when it gets too warm and dry outside. They migrate to crawl spaces, basements, under sheds, garages and attics.
Are Camel Crickets Dangerous?
No, camel crickets are not dangerous. They don’t spread disease to humans and they don’t bite. Camel crickets are harmless, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a nuisance. The camel cricket has been known to damage linens and fabrics.
How To Prevent Camel Crickets
Camel crickets are active at night, so you may not even know you have a camel cricket problem in your Nassau County home. The best way to control camel crickets is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Make your home less desirable by getting rid of the places camel crickets are likely to hide. Also, try keeping rooms dry by using fans and dehumidifiers.
You should also seal off entry points and move yard debris and woodpiles away from the outside of your home, usually at least 20 feet away from the foundation.
Parkway Pest Services Can Help
Parkway Pest Services provides residential pest control prevention and treatment services in Nassau County, Long Island and Westchester. Call Parkway Pest Services and inquire about the PestGuard and PestGuard+ pest control programs. We offer exterior treatments that stop camel crickets in their tracks. We send out a team member to inspect your property for areas that attract and harbor camel crickets. We then create a pest control solution and explain it to you so that you understand the entire process.