Camel Crickets, also called Cave Crickets, get their name from their humpbacked appearance. Unlike our indigenous
field crickets, they don't chirp, thank goodness.
They don't have wings, so they don't fly. But they have long legs and they sure can jump! You may have experienced this
for yourself as they jump at you. Outside they can be found under rocks, leaves, and congregated in large numbers in garages,
window wells and crawlspaces. When disturbed, they can leap high and long. They aren't dangerous,
but they are freaky!
Inside they seem to be mainly in our basement, even though the basement is dry. The basement is custom finished and most rooms are wall to wall carpeted. But the camel crickets seem to like it.
Although they are mostly just a nuisance, they can leave stains from their feces, they are not welcome in our house.
We have placed glue boards around the walls and especially in the corners of most rooms in the basement. In this way we have caught hundreds of camel crickets. As the glue boards get filled with camel crickets we replace them with new ones. We do this every couple of weeks. But more keep coming until they seem to disappear at the beginning of winter. But we leave fresh glue boards in a few places throughout the winter to keep monitoring the situation. See photos below.
Camel Crickets caught on glue boards.
We use Tomcat Glue Boards as shown on the right. They work really well.
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