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.
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.
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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.....:)
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!!!!