Frequently Asked Questions About Camel Crickets
What are camel crickets?
Camel crickets don't have wings, so this species can't produce chirping sounds, unlike the commonly known house cricket. Besides their inability to make the telltale chirping noise, you can identify this species by their light to dark brown coloring and spotted patterns. Camel crickets usually grow between 1/2 and 1 1/2 inches long and have large hind legs and a humpback appearance similar to camels, hence their name. These nocturnal crickets use their long antennae to make their way around the cool, dark, and damp environments they prefer.
Are camel crickets dangerous?
Camel crickets don't bite or spread diseases, so we consider them local nuisance pests in the Fairfax area, but not dangerous. However, they can be destructive as they will eat fabrics.
While camel crickets are not dangerous, they can be frightening. Their only defense mechanism to scare off predators is to jump using their long hind legs, so if you come across this pest, there is a good chance they will leap at you.
Why do I have a camel cricket problem?
Camel crickets infest when the weather becomes too hot and dry for them to survive. Like other pests, camel crickets will seek more conducive conditions and the cool, moist environment they enjoy inside our homes or other buildings if the weather outside becomes unfavorable.
Where will I find camel crickets?
Due to the environmental conditions they prefer, camel crickets are most often a problem in basements and crawl spaces. This pest gets into our homes through cracks or holes in the foundation, gaps around utility lines, and other similar weaknesses in the structure's exterior.
How do I get rid of camel crickets?
The best way to handle any pest infestation is with the help of a trusted Fairfax, VA pest control professional. Experts can correctly identify the pests you are dealing with, figure out how they are getting inside, and determine the conducive conditions on your property attracting them.
We need to keep the environment in mind while we work, so at SPRK Pest Solutions, we only use materials that are EPA-approved and safe for you, your family, and your pets. And all of our services are implemented by trained service technicians, so you can have peace of mind while receiving the home pest control and commercial pest control services you need.
Reach out to SPRK Pest Solutions to find out more information about how we can assist with camel crickets.
How do I prevent camel crickets in the future?
You can prevent future issues with camel crickets by making your property a less conducive environment using these tips:
Address Moisture Issues
- Rectify any poor. ventilation in bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces
- Use dehumidifiers in areas where moisture builds up, like the basement and garage.
- Keep your yard clear of organic debris like leaf litter.
Seal Entry Points
- Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks and holes, using caulk to seal them.
- Install new weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Fill gaps where utility lines and pipes enter your home.
Remove Harborage Areas
- Store firewood away from your home
- Keep your house decluttered and organized
- Keep your yard clear of debris.
Call us at SPRK Pest Solutions and request your free inspection to get started with the services you need to get rid of camel crickets and other pests in your Virginia home.