Zoology Quick Snippet: Camel or Cave Cricket

Discussion in 'Zoology' started by mscbkc070904, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    Another annoying pest, year round, but lately where I live they have become a problem with constant rain, snow and living in a low line area, they have been out recently. If you catch them with the corner of your eye, they look alot like a huge spider. Just thought I would add this in for those who might be getting them and how to prevent them from becoming a larger problem.

    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.
    Problems with Camel Crickets
    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.
    Non-chemical control methods
    Although pesticides can help reduce the nuisance problems with camel crickets, they are not a long-term solution. Effective control starts with removing harborage sites and by excluding these insects from our homes:
    Caulk or seal gaps and openings around windows frames, doors, foundation and clothes dryer vents, soffits, as well as heating/AC and plumbing lines.
    Install weather-stripping along the bottom of house and garage doors so that it fits tightly against the threshold.
    Stack boxes and other items off of the ground and away from the walls in a garage or storage building. This helps improve airflow and makes it easier to check for crickets and other pests, including termites.
    Reduce moisture indoors and in the crawlspace and attic. This usually involves improving ventilation.
    Keep leaf mulch and wood/bark chips at least 12 inches or more away from the foundation.
    Keep ground cover and shrubs away from the foundation and siding.
    Keep firewood stacked away from the house.
    Remove piles of lumber or other clutter that attract crickets and other pests.
    Place sticky boards, such as those used for cockroaches and mice, in corners and behind appliances to catch crickets that enter your home.
    Chemical control
    Outdoors: Any chemical control should first focus on outdoor barrier treatments. Sprays applied to foundation walls, around vents crawlspace accesses, basement doors and windows, and insecticidal baits applied along the perimeter can be quite effective unless there are heavy rains. In crawlspaces, insecticidal baits placed in corners or along the sill plate will be most effective. Spraying in a confined area, such as a crawlspace, requires caution and the proper application and safety equipment. Granular baits are a better choice for use in a crawlspace, or else contact a licensed pest control company for assistance. Consult your county Cooperative Extension Service Center or the NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual for a list of appropriate pesticides.

    Indoors: Any of the household "Ant & Roach" sprays can be applied to baseboards, and areas behind appliances. However, if you follow the steps outlined earlier for excluding these pests, the need for indoor applications should be reduced.