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.
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!
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
fusion...to 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
14 Jan 2014, 14:01
i hate them they give me the creeps and i have terrible phobia of
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
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
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.....:)
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 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.
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
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.