Camel Crickets 101Dr. Jim Fredericks
Friday, February 7, 2014
Everything You Need to Know About Camel Crickets
During the change in seasons, camel crickets can become a nuisance to
homeowners, especially in areas experiencing dry weather. Although
not often seen in homes, these crickets are common all over the
world, including all regions of the United States.
What they look like
Similar to the animal they’re named after, camel crickets are
light to dark brown with a hump-back appearance. They have six legs
including hind legs that are often as long as the rest of their
body. They also have very long antennae, often longer than their
bodies. It is believed this is because they are nocturnal insects
and rely heavily on their sense of touch.
Adults are very small, only growing up 1.25” inches in body
length. Camel crickets do not have sound-producing structures on
their back legs, and adults do not have wings, unlike other cricket
species. Their only form of defense is to leap when frightened.
Where they live
Outside, camel crickets are usually found in mulch, woodpiles or
in wells. If they make their way into a home, they will find places
similar to their favorite outdoor spots such as damp basements,
utility rooms, garages or crawl spaces.
What they eat
One reason camel crickets are considered household pests is
their habit of eating fabrics including curtains and clothing.
Homeowners have even reported crickets munching on clothing hung
outside to dry.
When they become a
This group of crickets is classified as an occasional
invader and a nuisance pest. They aren’t common in homes or
buildings and they don’t pose any health threats to people.
However, camel crickets can overwinter in homes, normally as nymphs
or young adults. Females lay their eggs in early spring and they
hatch during April.
They tend to find their way indoors when their survival is
threatened by dry weather. It is important to reduce areas around
the home that might harbor moisture to eliminate areas that would
be attractive to the crickets. This can be achieved by keeping all
rooms well ventilated and by keeping wood piles at least 20 feet
away from the house.
Without a source of water, occasional invaders do not survive
very long indoors. However, dead camel crickets have been known to
pollute wells and create an unpleasant odor if not disposed of
quickly. This could possibly attract other pests, causing a larger
If you think you have a camel cricket problem in your home, contact a licensed pest
professional to access the situation and recommend further
steps. For information on other common occasional invader pests
that may be lurking in your home, take a look at this guide.