Camel Crickets




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There are several species of crickets which go by the name "camel cricket" because of their slightly humpbacked appearance. Their long legs sometimes give them a spider-like appearance. Most species of camel crickets are of no consequence, but one species, Tachycines asynamorous, frequently becomes a nuisance indoors. This species is also known as the "greenhouse stone cricket" because it is frequently found in greenhouses. Unlike most cricket species, camel crickets do not "chirp". If you are hearing chirping sounds, then you likely have field crickets, which can be controlled in the same manner, as outlined below. Outdoors, camel crickets are most commonly found in the soil, under stones and logs, or in stacks of firewood. Areas overgrown with vegetation, such as ivy and other ground covers, provide excellent hiding places (harborages). Camel crickets pass the winter as immatures (nymphs) or adults. In early spring, the females begin to lay eggs in the soil. A few weeks later, the nymphs hatch from these eggs. Nymphs looks almost identical to the adult, except that they are smaller.

Camel crickets become a problem when we have extremes in weather conditions, i.e, excessive rainfall or extended periods of hot, dry weather. Like many insect pests, camel crickets are attracted to harborage sites, i.e., cool, moist areas in and around the home. The crickets often invade storage buildings, crawlspaces, basements, garages and indoor areas where moisture may be a problem (e.g., bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc.). Although they are mostly a nuisance pest, they can damage stored items, such as garments and linens packed in boxes in a garage or basement if the problem goes unchecked for some time and the crickets cannot find suitable food.

Reference
North Carolina Extension Service


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