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Camelback Crickets


Summary: The camelback cricket is a strange looking insect that has a cricket-like body but long, spider-like legs. They can give people a fright when they are found in basements or cellars. Camelback crickets like to live in dark, damp environments and they are almost completely harmless.

Camelback crickets are in a different family than field crickets, but camelback crickets, also known as camel crickets, are closely related to cave crickets, cave wetas, and sand treaders.

Camelbacks are brown, about an inch or two in length. There are also spotted camel crickets. They all have very long antennae and long, spider-like legs. Occasionally called spider crickets or humped-back crickets, they have no wings, but are powerful jumpers. The most damage that a camel cricket can do is to ruin some clothing stored in basements which they might nibble on.

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Camelback crickets like warm, dark, damp environments as found in caves or in woods under rocks. They also are frequently found in basements and cellars. If you hear cricket sounds coming from below your house it is not coming from camel crickets because camel crickets do not chirp. More likely, it is a field cricket that has found its way inside.

The best way to get rid of camelback crickets is to eliminate the moisture where they are found. Fixing leaky pipes and making sure that you are getting proper drainage will go a long way in discouraging camel crickets from making your basement their home. You can ventilate crawlspaces to help prevent moisture buildup, as well.

If the crickets are coming in from the outside you will need to try to locate their source. They might be inhabiting an old pile of leaves outside, or a stack of firewood. Leaf debris and any woodpiles, as well as stone slabs, bricks, boards, and tarps should not be placed within several feet of the foundation of a house. Foundation cracks should be sealed with a bit of cement or grout. Cracks under doorways can be sealed off with weather stripping.

If camelback crickets are already breeding in a basement they can be difficult to get rid of. You can start with laying out glue traps in the corners of the room, along the walls and next to the sill plate at the top of the wall. You could even make your own sticky trap using duct tape wrapped around a 3x5 note card. Remember that dust will quickly make a sticky trap ineffective, so regularly monitor the trap to see if it is still sticky. You should sweep up dust with a vacuum cleaner before laying out the glue boards to help prevent dust contamination, plus vacuuming will help clean up any organic matter than might be food for the crickets.

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Pesticides are not usually needed for camelback cricket control, but if they are found in large numbers a perimeter barrier treatment with Talstar granules will help to keep more crickets from coming inside. Putting out Niban granules on a paper plate along inside basement walls can help. as well.

Camelback crickets have poor eyesight, as do many insects that have adapted to live in darkness. When they see something large approaching them they sometimes jump towards it in an attempt to scare it. For many people this aggressive behavior is frightening because of how high and far the crickets can jump. They are like insects on pogo sticks. I should also mention that females have a long ovipositor which they use to lay eggs. It looks like a long stinger on their back end, but it is harmless.

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Danielle
18 Jun 2014, 15:18
I had these nasty, scary bugs at an house I was subleasing in Washington, DC. They were hiding in the shower curtains on my main floor bathroom and even ended up migrating to my bedroom! The only successful way I was able to kill them is by posioning them with areosol hairspray. It was very effective but there were so many, there's no way I could've gotten rid of all of them. I once came home to find two or three ON MY BED! That's when I decided it was time to move out. Hope this is helpful to those of you still dealing with these horrifying bugs!
Lexi
23 Jul 2014, 18:36
OMG! I never in my life had seen one of the things until about a month ago...I live in central ny,I went outside to smoke and it was just chillin on the porch wall...I asked my fiancee if he had seen them and he thought I had lost my mind...a few nights later we were out together and I saw something moving, I quickly jumped up and ran straight into the bush in front of the house, falling into it and scraping up my arms legs and knees pretty bad, my fiancee had finally seen one and was convinced it was a tarantula...That made me flip out even more, finally I caught it in a container so I could figure out what the hell it was...I showed my dad who thought it was cool and took it home with him to show the family...a few days later I was out again and one started crawling up my leg, I nearly had a heart attack and flew in the house, they are so skeevy and look like some kind of disease spreading thing...yuck! Needless to say I don't go out after dark anymore
Dee
11 Aug 2014, 10:51
I first came into contact with these alien beasts a few years ago. I was in the basement of my house in CT when I saw a pair of these creatures perched halfway up a wall, defying gravity and all that is holy. I had never seen anything like them before, and was so convinced that I was being invaded by aliens, that I immediately called a friend over to see and help decide if I should end the alien threat before it got worse or if I should study them for the inevitable Nobel Prize that would follow. After another glance at them filled us with disgust, the choice became obvious and we killed them immediately. I thought I was done with cave crickets. Little did I know, that they had been following me ever since that moment. When I moved into the basement of a house in MD, I was met with a full-on invasion. Upon turning on the light for the first time, my peripheral vision was filled with hopping and jumping of the most uncute kind. Not the happy playful hopping of children at a playground, but the hopping only the most purest evil could exhibit. The two I killed in CT must have been covert operatives, and now they were pissed. After a tactical retreat, I declared war on the Cave Crickets, Terrorists of the Purest Form. They create terror for no reason but for their own amusement, and I vowed to destroy every last one of those sick F&%!s. I have become a CRICKET SLAYER. Powered by hate and disgust, I have destroyed countless Cave Crickets and few have lived to warn their friends of me. Using very few traps or pesticides, I have wittled their numbers down to manageable amounts with only my trusty cricket-slaying ruler in hand. I have destroyed their main base of operations, an old disgusting couch in our garage, and it is only a matter of time before they will be gone for good. I almost think I will miss them, for they have given me a purpose in life. I have never been as good at anything as killing cave crickets.
Jerilynn
18 Aug 2014, 12:36
I am so glad to have found this page & even more glad to know they are virtually harmless. I have seen a few of these things in my apt the last cpl wks & didn't know what they were. My cats really enjoy them. I do not. I was fine with finding them here & there but this a.m. they crossed a line. I woke up to myself smacking my face. Yep, I was killing one on my FACE! It freaked me out. Next time I see my cat attacking one, I'm gonna let it go.

I am confused as to why I have them though. I do not have a basement or garage nor do I have any moisture that I'm aware of. I live by the River in Indiana tho. I don't know if that makes a difference.
Jerilynn
18 Aug 2014, 12:40
2 things I forgot. 1) You all are hilarious. I was laughing so hard reading some of these posts. The girl that broke her ankle(LOL, priceless). 2)Future commenters, don't give up on that stupid code you have to type in to submit a comment. I had to do it atleast 5 x. Then I learned, it's all lowercase letters. You have to use lowercase letters.
Jay
27 Aug 2014, 02:33
Indiana? I just found one tonight in Indianapolis in the little guy about scared me half out of my wits. I thought it was some kind of jumping spider then when I went to toss a shoe on to it when it jumped at me and I screamed like a little girl even my dog went running... so much for k9 protection, LOL. Then I spent the next 30 minutes on Google looking up the mutant spider that had just attacked me and realized I just squashed a completely harmless insect, so I feel kind of bad. Must be all the heat and humidity bringing them out.
Katie
30 Aug 2014, 03:58
OMG. hairspray works too!! I'm in Memphis TN and I just moved into a guest house that makes me scream at least once a day. I thought I was winning the bug war I am fighting down here (roaches) and then I see this monster... I grabbed some rave hairspray and let that mfer have it!!! I have failed so many cracks and crevices bed that it could have stopped up the whole porn industry and I still cant stop them...
Caveman
09 Sep 2014, 02:04
I first ran into these things when I was around 14 years old playing on the beach in Oregon with a friend.

We found a cave and crawled back into it .

It got pretty tight and my friend and I where crawling single file on our bellies.

We had no flashlights only our lighters to see with.
We'll lighters get really hot really fast so we crawled along in the dark flicking the flint wheel to see by the flashes

Flash flash crawl crawl flash flash crawl crawl

Nearing the end of the cave My friend screams like a banshee followed by a strobe light show of a 59 cent bic lighter and thousands of giant white crickets jumping all around and jumping all over him

I've never seen anyone crawl so fast backwards on there stomach before !! And well I've never tried to crawl as slow as I could sense I was blocking the only exit :)

I've always wondered what those things where and now I know .

If anyone is around the Oregon coast and wants to go caveing let me know. My cave exploring partner hasn't talked to me in 20 years

Shay
12 Sep 2014, 10:25
We have these ALL over in Oklahoma. We call them alien crickets. From my experience, they are harmless, and if you cover them up with a cup (attack from behind, they jump if they see you) it takes about 4 days for them to die. Maybe that's horrible of me, but once you step into your shower with running water and you see this thing jumping all over the place, you'll quickly agree with me that placing a cup over it until it dies is the best suited plan. Thank God they aren't poisonous...
Spricket Killer
28 Sep 2014, 21:39
Last week I got up to use the bathroom and low and behold was one standing guard in front of the bathroom door keeping me from entering. I literally had to slink along the wall and the entrance to finally use the toilet. Now, how was I to exit as I kept my eye on him and he was still in the attack position. I wanted to get to the kitchen to fetch the can of Raid so I could anayalate (spelling) the darn thing. But of course it jumped two feet into the air and onto my pajamas where upon I screamed (good I live alone) and kicked my left leg to shake it off of me. Well, need I say I am now limping as I heard a tear in my left leg. The darn thing disappeared into thin air (literally) and I manned the can of Raid throughout the night. At 4 am, I awoke again to check out the bathroom hallway, he was back ..... so I sprayed the living heck out of the fool, for being so creepy and then for messing up my knee too. I read on Google that they like moisture, so I pulled the curtain away from the bathtub (this is a guest bathroom and seldom used) low and behold is a convention of 5 of them 4 alive one dead and dismembered by his relatives I am assuming Not only are they ugly, scarey but they eat their own too. Thank goodness for the can of Raid and a slippery shower curtain, they could not escape from the side of the tub as I sprayed they jumped and slid down to their death. Today one week later I gathered up the nerve to vacume out the bathtub and scrub it down. So I think I am over this fiasco, and tonight I kill 4 more, one in the very same hallway and three in various areas of the house, living room, kitchen and dining room. The three were in close proximity to one another. It was a successful kill to all four. Tomorrow I go to Home Depot to buy all the right ingredients to spread around the house. I live in a slab rancher (so no basement to) complain about it being the reason I am infested with them. Between the sprickets and stink bugs, my life is full of a new sport. Bug killer (I plan on adding it to my resume).
June
28 Sep 2014, 23:55
Spricket Killer, I found one on my way to the bathroom too. I only saw one but I really hope its ONLY ONE! I can't even handle that one, I don't know what I'd do if there were multiple.
I swear I almost had a heart attack tonight. I live in SC and I've never ever seen these things before in my entire life!!! I got up to go to the bathroom before bed. I walked down the hall, turned the corner and switched on the bathroom light. That demon was hopping so high I don't even remember what happened for the next 10 secs. (Seriously, a week ago a palmetto bug crawled on me while I was in bed half asleep around 5am, and all hell broke loose. I woke up all of my roommates with my screaming. So of course I'm still scarred for life and paranoid). So I straight up panicked seeing this demon of unknown origins. I briskly walked to the storage closet to get the broom so that I could battle that demon. I whacked it 2 good times and it hopped towards me so I ran out and closed the bathroom door. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THAT THEY ONLY HOP. I'll die if I find out that it can crawl under the door. I'm already going to lose sleep tonight thinking about that. I already have enough trouble sleeping after that roach incident! I thought palmetto bugs were bad because they are HUGE frickin flying roaches, but these cricket, demon, things are making their way up on the scale. Long story short, I just wrote on a sticky note "CAUTION: hopping demon bug inside" for my roommates to see. They have been warned...
Georg
03 Oct 2014, 01:28
Best way to get them:

I put down in a corner, a strip of duct tape about 8 inches long sticky side up.
It catches them every time. They stick to it and can't get off. Been doing this for several years and it works. The glue on the duct tape attracts them
Goldie
05 Oct 2014, 16:18
I'm from Southern NJ and I've lived here for about 15 years. The camel crickets started appearing IN MY HOUSE by the dozen about 3 years ago. It only happens a certain time of year (October - January). I am not looking forward to it this year. They're so creepy. I wack them with a broom or mop to kill them. Even my dog is scared of them! SO GROSS!
Amanda
08 Oct 2014, 21:25
I am so happy to have found this site. I have recently moved into a completed basement in MD and let me tell you, I have already had my share of these devil jumping bugs!! I can deal with crickets, but these devil hoppers have got to go!! They indeed love to job towards you! Now I know why, but they give me a heart attack each time I see one. My weapon of choice is Rave hairspray and big heavy boxes (for I have learned not to go near any. They move too fast and jump too high for me). One time I was cornered in my bathroom with a spricket and two crickets. After screaming effortlessly knowing there was no one to rescue me, I started my plan of attack. Spray the crickets with my endless supply of rave and work my way to the sprickets. Feeling high and mighty that I have been able to kill the crickets effectively, the sprickets were a different story. They are soooo stealthy!! Every time I would spray they would jump (mind you I am now kneeling on my sink). I finally got it, but my fear has been scarred into my heart, body, and soul!! I am going to duck tape all of my floor paneling to ensure those suckers get stuck (and they attract and eat each other) so I guess that is a good thing! A dehumidifier I am going to buy and just pray they stay away! I can only handle so much!! Thankfully they only come in when it rains! (so far that I have noticed)!! How do I get rid of crickets? If you know, please help a girl out!
Sprickets Equal Death
21 Oct 2014, 22:39
I am beyond happy to find his page and to know that I am not alone in fearing these demons. I live on Long Island and never saw one of these things until I moved into a wooded area. Honestly I barely saw them and it wasn't until I moved into a less wooded area and a basement that I had the please of dealing of them.

They are by far the nastiest creatures I've ever seen. I had a brief invasion with them in my basement apartment and mainly dealt with the living outside of my door making my arrivals and departures very difficult. There is nothing like already running late and opening you door to a sprocket it's chilling on your door frame. The courage I mustered up to kill them was intense. It took minutes of telling myself that I could do it and many attest before completing the job. I've broken mor brooms than I care to admit and screamed a countless number of times because of them.

I've recently moved and couldn't have been more thrilled to not live in the basement and actually be on the main floor (technically their basement since it's a split level house). WRONG!! I actually wish I could go back to the basement! I've lived here one week and have had to kill at least ten! Well not personally but between my friends and I we have! I don't understand this!! What do I do?!?! They appear out of thin air and then disappear just as quickly while you scramble to kill them! They are HUGE, scary, and repulsive. I want them gone right now
While I love my new place I'm already ready to move out because I cannot deal with having to check corner when I wake up and in an attempt in keep the out blocking my door with towels. Thankfully none have made it into my room but I sleep with the lights on just in case! It is the worst sleep ever!!

This article claims they are harmless but we all know the truth. They cause heart attacks, extreme fright, sudden panic, and impending death. I have resorted to vacuuming them up and then covering the vacuum with plastic bags so they can't get out. I just do not think I can continue to live my live like this! I need to move to a different part of the island and not in the basement!
May God and/or an exterminator help us all!
You guys are so funny
25 Oct 2014, 14:36
Now I've got them in my bathroom.
I'm in NY. I whack them when I can or spray with whatever is handy.

I think they are behind the washer, so I blasted some talc under. Talc has helped with ants in the past, so though I would try it.
Misfit
29 Oct 2014, 05:49
We have them here in our basement and garage in south jersey. I was reading some comments about poison not working. Out in the garage I happened to look behind my toolbox and there was at least a dozen hanging out on the wall.

Since I didn`t have any raid on hand I grabbed the first thing I saw on the spray can shelf. I have to say that NAPA brake cleaner does a hell of a job wiping them out.....:)
Catherine
11 Nov 2014, 20:19
I've been living in the same house on LI for the past 24 years. These damn bugs starting popping up two years ago. They began in my garage, but slowly moved into my den (it's connected to the garage). I was constantly whacking them with a flip-flop or whatever was in reach...it began to get ridiculous. I bug-bombed the garage and that seemed to do the trick. I hate doing that because of the chemicals, but they were entering the house by the dozen! They've come back last year and now this year!! Does anyone know of any natural methods of killing these things? I'm going to try the duct tape but if anyone has any other suggestions, that'd be great! Good luck to everyone!!!
Go on! Git!
13 Nov 2014, 02:23
I hate the way these things move. I'll be watching TV in the basement when one will suddenly appear, not sauntering in from the left or right of my field of view, but slinking along like a spider directly in front of me. I keep a rubber mallet and brown cooler lid from the 80's on the premise in case I need to engage them. They seem to stop dead in their tracks when I approach, but after my first miss, they rocket around the room. I don't like their looks (spider/cricket/street tough) and their attitude could use some work too. They need to not be.
Erin
13 Nov 2014, 09:40
Oh my God these creatures are going to give me a heart attack, I usually see them come out in Fall, I don't have a basement I find them on the first floor in the kitchen. Sometimes I'll see something jump in the living room. I've resorted to using dish detergent or anything to immobilize them from jumping and then hit it with a shoe. Last night I saw one upstairs in the hallway and considered holding up in my sons bedroom until my husband came home to kill it. I used laundry detergent and fabric softener and the thing actually died from the chemicals. Terminix is coming to the house to spray for these little monsters, but in the meantime, going to have laundry detergent nearby at all times.
Sue
16 Nov 2014, 21:39
glad I found this site . I have these stupid crickets in my basement in WV and thanks to an exterminator who comes into my office I gave started using sticky traps. It amazes me how many of those things can jump on a sticky trap. I hate them. I have to go through my basement to get to my garage and when I see one I try to squash it but normally when it jumps I jump too and yell for my husband to kill it. I pray some day I don't see them anymore. We even leave our lights on in basement cause we heard they like dark areas but that doesn't help much either
Steven
19 Nov 2014, 21:26
I agree These prehistoric creatures come in October and leave in January. I have a a bowl of water with honey in the basement and its amazing how they crawl in the bowl and drown. Then other crickets come to eat the the one in the bowl and they drown.

Since we have a dog, we only use eco friendly pesticides which work wonders. They jump so high and cling to your leg which is so creepy. When I am able to spray them they die a quick death. The problem is THEY KEEP ON COMING. We kill them and they reappear. Maybe we will move to someplace where Camel Crickets don't exist.
GRT
26 Nov 2014, 16:00
OK. Based on the comments here, I will try hairspray, dryer sheets, and detergent to get rid of the creepy jumpers in my basement in NJ where they usually hang out in the slop sink. I already use a humidifier, but I guess that is not enough. I will also keep the lights on. I noticed them in the enclosed stairway up from the basement to the backyard in previous years. This is the first year I've seen them inside. I hope they are gone long before January.
Jane
29 Nov 2014, 22:13
I've never seen these blasted things before, and, like everyone else who has mentioned it, I'm glad they are more of a nuisance than harmful. I just killed 3 of them in my bathroom, all within a matter of 2 minutes or less. I really hate them and usually believe in letting things live "live and let live". If they are inside, however, they don't get to live, I kill any bug (except ladybugs)m that are dumb enough to take up residence in my home.

It's funny, though, I'm terrified of spiders. Even baby ones. I can't kill the big ones, I usually have to recruit anyone close enough. When I was a kid, that was one of my parents. Now it's my boyfriend. But these things...I'm not afraid of them, I seriously dislike them, though. So they have to go! I'll try the dryer sheet idea & maybe the laundry detergent idea. See how it goes.

Good luck to you all and any future commenters.
John
16 Dec 2014, 20:27
Please people, these things are TOTALLY harmless. Yeah they jump at you but you get used to that, I don't even flinch any more. When they start to become annoying I put down a few glue traps and in a few days I am down to almost none. When they start getting a few more, just put down the glue traps.
Collette
20 Dec 2014, 23:34
It doesn't have to be rational, our communal fear and dislike for these ninjas of the night, right?!!

I have been laughing so hard reading these posts, it's ridiculous. Then reading Bob's comment, "you're all nuts.." had me almost in tears.

Fine, they're harmless, they don't bite, yadda, yadda, yadda. Dude, they're spring loaded and jump right at ya with nunchakus of glory!! Seriously, I'm allowed to get a lil paranoid when a giant butt-ugly cricket goes all Mel Gibson from Braveheart on me!! I mean, c'mon that's scary. I totally agree with the lot of you that are uber freaked, these guys don't back down.

I have been rocking the method where you catch them in a Tupperware container and flush them down the toilet. I live on a moldy island. We're known for moisture, so I don't see that going away. I think I'm going to vacuum and put down the sticky traps and see how that works. I'm trying to do the non-toxic method first.

Look out butt-uglies, I got me some face paint too!!!
Lisa
07 Apr 2015, 21:14
They are back. Again.This time in April not October. I cant even have knee surgery because Im terrified they will jump ON me as I am unable to move. (Yes, it has happened to me while in the bathroom) There are glue traps ALL OVER MY HOUSE.These hellfire demons do not stay in damp dark basement...No, they even travel up the pipes through heating system to my BEDROOM on the 3rd floor. I have 2 dehumidifiers in basement. blocked under door to outside, I am at my wits end. I keep fly swatters ( BIG ONES) in every room. I cant take it anymore...
Mishell
13 Apr 2015, 19:53
I'm thinking about moving to Denver so I had to check to see if these creepy things are there first and I am glad I came across this thread. I live in South Carolina and I can say that I have not come into contact with one of these creatures in the almost 3 years I have been here.

I found out about them as a kid living in Virginia Beach (about 20 years ago). I used to catch field crickets and feed them to my turtles but this one I was not going near. It was absolutely hideous. I went to do laundry once in my garage about a year later and there were 5 of these creeps sitting in my soap powder! There was also one on my ceiling one night! Why??!?! Since then I go completely nuts when I see one.

I'm glad I'm not the only one that cries and shakes when these little bastards appear. I ended up being deployed to Uganda and what do ya know, they found my damp dark bathroom to be a nice place to hang out. I had to start barricading myself in my room with bug spray and spraying the bathroom. It was the best/worst deployment ever because Uganda is beautiful but their insects are wicked! We zapped a huge one with an electric fly swatter and about 20 minutes later he was up and moving again. Scariest thing ever!

Looking for a place without them, try South Carolina.
Sam
25 Apr 2015, 20:56
I recently moved to Tennessee from Texas and this is the first time I've seen these terrifying creatures in my life... They haven't jumped on me yet and I don't plan to tell my roommates because it'll scare the poop out of them. I'm going to have to try this duct tape thing... I lived in Austin and Houston for 20+ years and never saw them and it could be because they don't really have basements in Texas.
Linda
17 May 2015, 19:12
I live in the Colorado high country and these awful bugs are here. I never knew what they were until today. I am glad that I found this site so I know I am not the only one terrified of them. I found a full grown ugly one today crawling on the wall upstairs in my house. I know they get into the garage through a small opening on the sides of the garage door. I put glue traps there and they have worked at keeping most of them out. To get upstairs, I think they crawl through walls. I highly recommend the glue traps!
Ken L
31 May 2015, 23:32
Decades ago I used to panfish with crickets like this and now we find me in our new home's finished basement. I just catch me with a glass and envelope and send em swimming in the porcelain pool. I will try the recommendations spoke of here
Lovey
03 Jun 2015, 23:08
What's a good bug spray, raid didn't do anything?
Ask the Exterminator
04 Jun 2015, 13:39
Bug spray is not the cure. Read the article.
Ginny
05 Jun 2015, 20:42
I also live in South Jersey and starting noticing them the summer after my cat passed away. I think he kept them under control for us. I live in a town house and I see them in the summer in my upstairs master bath...where do they come from? Do they live inside the walls? I use the sticky boards to trap them but is there really any way to stop them from coming in the house? After reading the posts here, it seems like that is impossible.
Mariah
17 Jun 2015, 10:37
Recently my boyfriend and I rented a house in keokuk, Iowa. We like the place since it was clean and the basement wasn't a huge mess. Well, one night I went down stairs to the basement to do laundry and I see these hybrids ( that's what I called them before I found out what they really were). I tried killing it not knowing that the stupid thing could jump so high almost had a heart attack. Those things are creepy, disgusting, and plain out terrifying.
Lee
19 Jun 2015, 17:07
Rarely do I go down to my basement (unfinished) but my god I just went down there for the first time in months and Holy Moses! I saw at least 7 of these guys crawling all over a box and then I made the mistake of flashing my flashlight above me and holy shizz monkey! They were on the ceiling, beams and walls. I basically froze and let out a quiet holy sh*t to myself. I've always known about these boogers and have seen them pretty much my entire life but this is the worst I have ever seen. I'm going to guess that I saw at least 15-20 and I know for a fact there has to be FAR more down there in a room we call "the dirt room" where I change the air filters. What do I do? Should I buy some sort of giant reptile and just let him feast down there or what? Bugs don't really freak me out that much but those things.. Those things freak me out. Probably because they jump at you. I ran upstairs and ripped my shirt off in fear that my back was covered (sorda like the spider scene in Indiana Jones)PLEASE HELP!
Sh*tless
20 Jun 2015, 02:15
Let me just say, first, that no other bug is too terrifying. Spiders are awesome, bees are amazing, and cricket are just loud and annoying. But this these little bastards give me a panic attack like you wouldn't believe. And I was a pest control tech for a few years. Basements don't frighten me, until I see these things. Found one in my garden tub today and it's like waging war again the incredible for who NEVER dies. Ninjatastic aliens who are faster than a speeding bullet, leap tall building with a single leap. Bastard made me have to change my undies because he was in super stealth mode until he lunged at me with his cat like reflexes and bionic spring loaded legs. Ugh. Bastard drowned in 135° water. Take that ninja.
Scared*Stupid
27 Jun 2015, 04:07
Listen. I just killed 2 of these things in the last 2 hours & I'm now scared for my mental life! Jesus be a sedative. I live in an apartment & one was in my living room & the other in my bathroom. I literally heard him walking the floor! I gotta get some duct tape. I'm doing some major cleaning tomorrow because I can't live my life this way.
NY Rose
05 Jul 2015, 14:31
Champion Fire Ant & crawling insect killer dust. Contains Deltamethrin, it's a powder that you put into an applicator (a rubberized squeezable ball with a long narrow tip). I bought it online after researching camel cricket control. You "dust" it under baseboards, in cracks & crevices ...everywhere you think they may be hiding. Don't forget across sliding door thresholds too.
I've lived in my home for 38 years in NYS (50 miles North of NYC on Jersey side of the Hudson) and NEVER saw one of these creatures until 5 years or so ago and THEN it was an all out invasion!!! First they were small black crickets I'd see (no chirping...thought that was strange), I'd simply kill them...no big deal. THEN, either they grew in record time or their parents came to visit!! I have a bi-level house & they had confined themselves to the lower level but then DARED to climb the stairs!! I researched them, searched for entry points, found a big opening in the concrete under the front door giving them full access to a small storage area under the inside stairs! Bought small concrete blocks & cement & built/sealed the wall. By then, I believe they were breeding inside because the invasion was never ending! By the way, Raid Wasp spray works great for a fast kill. To be RID of them took: finding their access, many applications of "dust", many fast kills & finding many dead ones (yuck) to scoop up over a number of years! It's at least 5 years now but I haven't seen them in the house (an occasional half dead one maybe) & just saw a dead one outside my slider on my upper deck. They're still out there but not IN here! Maybe an exterminator might have been quicker but this stuff worked. By the way, the Delta dust also killed Imbedded yellow jacket nests behind shutters & in cracks! Wear a mask ....I don't think inhaling it can be good for you. Good luck people...these are some horrific invaders!!!!
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