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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.


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.


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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13 Apr 2013, 06:50
I guess they are back! I just found this page after I found my first Camel Cricket. I got up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water and I thought it was a huge spider. I trapped it with a cup so I could check it out because I saw the pointer on the end and thought it must sting or have poision. Also I have to show my four year old in the morning! So I am very happy to find out it is not poisionous.

What confused me is why it is around here. I just moved to Idaho which is relatively dry, and I live in a brand new apartment that just opened a month ago so I am pretty sure there is no issues with excess moisture. Although they did just put in quiet a few trees and plants around my apartment, along with grass(sod). Maybe the cricket got brought in from a tree or plant? I hope it doesn't like the moisture from the sprinklers and decide to stick around, as I feel guilty killing bugs in front of my son so I will have to let it go tomorrow. Anyways so far I have just seen this one so I am letting my bug paranoia get the best of me and I better stop thinking about it before I dream about them!
kim edwards
25 May 2013, 17:58
These bugs are discusting, I vacumned one into my Dyson, and that fricken bug was still crawling around in the tank. I proceeded 2 finish vacumning and my husband was nice enough to empty the tank and that damn bug was still alive. Aaaaahhhhhhh....
31 May 2013, 13:50
My roommates and I have these terrifying, panic-inducing creatures in our finished basement in Colorado. How in the world do these things survive in such a dry climate?? Why are they here? It's probably the beginning of a worldwide takeover and they've finally made it out West.

All these comments help, though. We feel like we've found a mini support group for Victims of Nasty Mutant Crickets. Stay strong!
26 Jun 2013, 14:51
Help, I am terrified of these creepy Alien Mutant spider/crickets!!~ Im disabled having had 3 back surgeries and just had a recentspinal keep from climbing stairs,,I moved my hospital bed into the basement "man cave" rec room, which is fully furnished, TV, bar, chair, sofa, etc.....We run dehumidifier constantly down there and have a wood pellet stove for winter...the other side of basement has a bathroom/utility sink/shower, our large freezer etc along with our washer and dryer. They seem to always lurk in the utility shower, unseen, until you are naked and soapy,,they they ATTACK!~,,Ive screamed bloody murder and tried to run out of the shower, unable to see for the shampoo in my eyes..because one jumped on me ! Scared my BF upstairs..came hobbling up the stairs...while screaming and streaking, suds flying... almost re-injuring myself after having back fusion surgery because of these scary pests! Im healing slowly, but today is the last straw,,I bought a new summer cotton gauzey type dress, something comfy to wear while recooperating ,wore it once and had it in the laundry basket to be washed. Went down today to do a load, picked it up and crickets scattered,,MY NEW BEAUTIFUL COOL COTTON DRESS IS FULL OF HOLES!!~ That's IT!!~ IM done ,,,,its WAR!~ I hate these things,,help me!!~ I cant kill them because I am so terrified that they will jump on me,,,im scared of spiders and these things are even worse,,,I cry, shake, scream and run.....What can I do?..They have to go!~
07 Aug 2013, 02:56
To the few people who wrote on here in Spring of 2013-Im sorry for your crickets from Hell, but glad you commented on here so I know that my house isnt the only hellhouse with these things- they JUMP AT YOU! Thats the WORST thing ever- I also cry and scream and shake and feel like Im going to pass oiut with fear, I want to move out of this house but we cant. Ive been here for 11 years and this is the FIRST time I saw them . We had 4 of them in 2 weeks and Id bet theres an infestation in the basement (its always wet/flooded) It's a 220 year old stone house in PA, so it IS a human CAVE. Someone on here said they got bit by one- is that true!!!?? Do they bite when scared??!!!
28 Aug 2013, 22:56
My wife and I moved from Queens to LI after buying a house in Nassau Co. about 4 years ago. There was so much work required inside the house and closing took ages by the time i was to tackle the garage almost 8 months had passed..... Well, when I opened the garage door I was met with a gazillion of these jumping bugs that I never had seen in my life. They were everywhere, leaping off the beams, high-jumping off the floor and doing somersaults off the window ledge. I slammed the door shut and sent my wife out ( I said nothing to her about the bugs) she almost shit her pants, ran from the yard back to the kitchen where upon finding me howling with laughter dished out a slap about my head.
I left the door open for a few hours and they went away, eaten by birds, cats whatever I have no idea, but I do like to think that the incredible jumping things (what we refer to them as) have inhabited another unused space and that they will someday once again provide themselves to be the prop in a prank somewhere on Long Island.
29 Aug 2013, 20:31
Bugsy- Bugsy, really, is that your real name? These things from Hell are no joke. I cant believe they just went away when there were so many of them, they just left? I lived in eastern LI for 3 years before PA and never saw them though I did see one in OH once. Its not fun living with these things not knowing when youll just walk into the room and see it sitting there watching you waiting to jump at you!
08 Sep 2013, 18:43
I have spent thousands on exterminators, I have spent more than that on dehumidifiers, diatomaceous earth,bug swatters, re-landscaping with river rock instead of mulch.Pesticides, glue traps, sealing holes,Niban, and Xanax. (for me) I am now working on my husband to move to somewhere that these evil creatures do not exist.
11 Sep 2013, 21:15
Lisa, where do you live (what state?) Maybe you should give the Xanax to the crickets! Then maybe theyll be too indifferent and tired to move around or mate. If you can find a place where they dont exist, pleae tell me where! From this thread it seems they are all across the US- maybe we have to leave the country! They are a NIGHTMARE!
11 Sep 2013, 21:17
Lisa, if you find a place where they dont exist, please tell me where! From this thread it seems theyre all across the US. Maybe we have to leave the country!
27 Sep 2013, 05:08
I'm afraid coming to Canada is of no use. They're here too!

I live in a basement suite in Central Canada (Saskatchewan) and I just started seeing these last fall and I've lived here about 6 years now. We had a cat so she kept them under control but my roommate recently moved out (took the cat) and I see these all the time now! It's 2am right now because I woke up and heard what sounded like small scratching so I went into the living room and killed about 5 that were just hanging around on the floor! Luckily only one tried jumping as I was killing them and he was jumping away from me, not at me. I've also found them in the shower and my kitchen sink so yes, they can jump high and stick to the walls and doors. I have a sump pump behind a small door connected to my living room so I'm sure that's where the "nest" is but there's no way in hell I'm opening that door!

I'll try the sticky trap idea, and probably look into the poisons as well. Actually maybe I'll just get a cat and it can kill these things and keep me company too!
Susan Montgomery
28 Sep 2013, 20:17
I live in very old house with a full basement and I have had them for the past 3 years. Just saw my first one of the year yesterday. My cat takes care of the extermination and I take care of the clean up.
23 Oct 2013, 11:49
They're back ! exactly on cue..same week as last year and year before etc.. I really believe they live in the walls..I just found them warming up on my outside foundation walls, like they were tanning ! I have glue traps all along basebord heat where pipes run thru floors, they follow pipes and pop out everywhere there is an opening. But I'm ready with my NIBAN and many ,many glue Traps..and fly swatters :-)
29 Oct 2013, 22:04
Well I am glad that I found this, as my teenagers are rolling around laughing hysterically at me for screaming bloody murder after this THING came leaping at me. This is the second one I have spotted in my house, and after reading all of the posts I am desperately hoping the little sucker comes out from under the fridge to be smooshed before it reproduces!
29 Oct 2013, 22:41
Denise- I swear if I find a State these creatures from Hell do not exist in, I will move there ! My house is now filled with glue traps and yes, I'm catching a couple every day in every room , not just " damp dark" rooms.. I can't even shower with the door shut, I'm so paranoid one will jump at me and I'll be trapped. ( yes it's happened before while " taking care of business" one landed on my leg) I've done all that was advised like dehumidifiers, seal cracks, remove mulch etc.. Nothing works.
09 Nov 2013, 00:21
I live in Suffolk County on LI. I have never seen these until this year. I thought they were remnants from Sandy but I see that they are all over. How come I have never seen them before, and now I kill two a week, and this is cold already. Where the heck they came from. Mars? How can I find where they get into ny appt?
10 Nov 2013, 00:02
I live in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, in a row home, lived here for 31 years. It was until last fall that we had ever seen these prehistoric looking creatures, they were taking over our garage! There seemed to be 100's of them, and if we moved at all, they all jumped at us at once, scariest thing ever! We quickley did research to find out what they were, they are sprickets, and read that they can be caught and killed with glue traps, I was skeptical, but it really worked, I checked the traps a few days later and it was covered in dead sprickets, so many that I don't even wanna think about it, then they seemed to be gone, until 2 weeks ago. I now know tha this is spricket season, we put 3 glue traps in the garage, last week I checked them and there was so many on one that you couldn't even see the glue, it was all sprickets, they filled up 2 1/2 traps! Tonight my 10 year old daughter came running screaming that we had a tarantula in the kitchen, honestly I would have prefered the tarantula! These things are horrifying, I knew it was under the fridge and I had to go by for the bug spray, so I sprayed lemon furniture polish under the fridge, not sure why, but it seemed like a good idea at the time, and ran pass, I saw him sneaking out from under the fridge, smelling like lemons, and I started to spray him from Ortho-max bug spray, it did NOTHING, the spricket just kept on walking and jumping at me, I sprayed him so much the floor was soaked, in the end I had to step on it, so gross! So, glue traps work, but you have got to keep putting down fresh ones, cause I'm pretty sure the one in our kitchen came to get revenge for his dead freinds in my garage!
12 Nov 2013, 01:12
So glad I found this, right now I am laughing through my post-sprickett attack tears.
I recently moved in with my cousin and Aunt, and my cousin informed me about them & how terrible the get in the winter.
Like most others, I am scared of bugs, but if see a spider on the wall I am able to kill it. So I honestly didn't think much about these bugs until two days ago, I woke up to feeling something on my face. Half asleep, I ignored it, but felt it again. So I opened my eyes and low and behold a huge sprickett had made itself comfy on my pillow. I don't think I have ever gotten out of bed so fast in my life, I practically threw myself off of the bed across my room. The past two days I have been worried about them getting in my room again, and constantly checking the walls and the floors before I enter a room. Didn't see anything again until tonight, two on the walls of my living room and one in the floor of the kitchen. I practically ran to my room and legit cried for 45 minutes straight because I was so scared. I know it sounds so ridiculous, I have never cried over a dumb bug before, let alone been that terrified. I am now sitting in the middle of my bed with the lights ON and probaby will be for the rest of the night. Gah, what is life.
13 Nov 2013, 23:31
I'm TERRIFIED of bugs. I live in a basement and I see these things more then I want too. Is there like a raid spray I can use? I fear waking up and staring at one on the wall by my face. They walk and hop around as If they own this place and I am much more afraid of them then they are of me. I sit up all night with a broom nervously trying to see If any are near me and If they are I just run. Help?
22 Nov 2013, 11:32
I am glad to see I am not alone in my crippling fear of these awful creatures. My family and friends think it is ridiculous that I get so worked up over them. I am going to try some glue traps and see if I can get my hands on some Nilban. This year I feel is worse and they look bigger than usual. A warning to the folks spraying stuff at them; this was usually one of my methods, spray to numb then smash. Recently I sprayed one with windex in my bathroom and did not realize it had got onto the tile surface. When I felt the Spricket was slowed enough for me to smash I slipped on the floor and ended up breaking my ankle.
23 Nov 2013, 14:40
Had these pests a few years ago and noticed one today and killed it. Calling the exterminator- I hate these damn things. I agree with everyone, these awful creatures are disgusting and I will do everything in my power to keep them out of my home.
26 Nov 2013, 17:43
These things come from one of the nine realms of the universe. They magically appear from thin air. I had all of the basement lights off one night, then suddenly a rainbow flash descended from the heavens and a spricket was in the middle of my basement. I picked up a shoe to smash it, but it immediately shouted the phrase, "Hymedahl, open the bifrost", and was whisked away by the same rainbow light. I xontacted SHIELD, who got me in touch with my old friend Thor, and he confirmed that the sprickets come from the same realm as bilge snipe, and that he also finds them equally repulsive
j - cretaceous
28 Nov 2013, 02:42
Chinese Mantid Camelback Cave Cricket Slayer: better than sprinkling poison around your bathtub, pooring bleach in the knot holes of the floor in your son's bedroom.
14 Jan 2014, 14:01
i hate them they give me the creeps and i have terrible phobia of them!!!!!!
26 Feb 2014, 00:01
About three and a half months ago I found one of these creatures in my basement while doing laundry. It creeped me but I replaced the broken lightbulb which must have scared them away into hiding because I haven't seen one except for yesterday since the bulb blew again. Now,every time is go to the basement I am wearing a hoodie and shoes so they don't jump on me .
08 Apr 2014, 15:57
I found that using the Bounce Dryer sheets is good for keeping alot of bugs away. So I keep a good supply of bounce sheets around and seems to work for me. I just stick them in drawers, baskets, between cushions and mattresses. I hate any kind of bug and declare war on them, this has been the most effective and smells good too.
11 Jun 2014, 06:04
Omg hate these things, I can't sleep without being scared they would come after me. Well I live in Oklahoma and its pretty wet from all the storms but I killed like more than 5 and it scares me to not sleeping and worse that that my insomnia doesn't help with that eathier! I would just be sitting that listening to my iPod and playing on my lap top and will fell something on my arm. Come yo find out it one of those damn sprikets and I ripped my earphone out of my iPod as I dashed to run out of my room.
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!
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
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.
13 Aug 2014, 01:13
You're all nuts!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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

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...
26 Sep 2014, 05:36
Bah, these things are cool as hell. While admittedly, the first time I ran into one I nearly died of pants-crapping horror, I rather enjoy having them around.
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).
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...
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
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!
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.
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.....:)
L I Kricket Hater
07 Nov 2014, 00:45
OMG - I am peeing mysel reading some of these posts!! But I have to say, here is some relief in knowing I am not alone - nor is it a cleanliness issue. I live on Long Island as well as some others here -- but what I want to know is how these darn things manage to get from my basement to my main floor?!? Have they learned to climb stairs??? I keep smashing them whenever I see them - but they will NEVER disappear completely. Maybe we can all capture as many as we can and the US Military can air drop them on the terrorists in the Mideast.... hmm - now that's a thought....
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
14 Dec 2014, 08:05
I hate them, they are creepy! Do they go to sleep in the winter or does that make them come in more?
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.
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!!!
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...
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.
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.
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!
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