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Camelback Crickets


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Angie
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....
Hillary
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!
Harmony
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!~
Denise
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??!!!
Bugsy
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.
Denise
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!
Lisa
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.
Denise
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!
Denise
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!
Nolan
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.
Lisa
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 :-)
Rachel
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!
Lisa
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.
Greg
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?
Rachel
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!
Kaylee
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.
Lexii
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?
Casey
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.
Arena
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.
Mike
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.
jayden
14 Jan 2014, 14:01
i hate them they give me the creeps and i have terrible phobia of them!!!!!!
Devon
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 .
Barbara
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.
jayde
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.
Danielle
18 Jun 2014, 15:18
I had these nasty, scary bugs at an house I was subleasing in Washington, DC. They were hiding in the shower curtains on my main floor bathroom and even ended up migrating to my bedroom! The only successful way I was able to kill them is by posioning them with areosol hairspray. It was very effective but there were so many, there's no way I could've gotten rid of all of them. I once came home to find two or three ON MY BED! That's when I decided it was time to move out. Hope this is helpful to those of you still dealing with these horrifying bugs!
Lexi
23 Jul 2014, 18:36
OMG! I never in my life had seen one of the things until about a month ago...I live in central ny,I went outside to smoke and it was just chillin on the porch wall...I asked my fiancee if he had seen them and he thought I had lost my mind...a few nights later we were out together and I saw something moving, I quickly jumped up and ran straight into the bush in front of the house, falling into it and scraping up my arms legs and knees pretty bad, my fiancee had finally seen one and was convinced it was a tarantula...That made me flip out even more, finally I caught it in a container so I could figure out what the hell it was...I showed my dad who thought it was cool and took it home with him to show the family...a few days later I was out again and one started crawling up my leg, I nearly had a heart attack and flew in the house, they are so skeevy and look like some kind of disease spreading thing...yuck! Needless to say I don't go out after dark anymore
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