The cave cricket is the most common cricket found in homes on Long Island. They are different than field crickets, and they do not chirp. You may see them in basement areas, and they have powerful hind legs that allow them to jump. They also have very long antennae. Cave crickets (more specifically, camel back crickets) are brown in color, have a hump shaped back, and are wingless.
A&C Pest Management is expert at exterminating crickets on Long Island, with over 40 years of experience eliminating cricket populations in homes. Typically found in basements because of the cool, damp conditions, camel back crickets also dwell in drains and sewers, and outside in leaf piles, wood piles and debris.
The camel cricket is active year round, and during the fall they look for warmer places to spend the winter. In the spring, they lay eggs that will hatch a few weeks later.
While camel crickets do not bite, they do have chewing mouth parts that can cause damage to materials such as fabrics or clothes.
A&C Pest Management offers an IPM approach to camel back cricket control, which includes assessment and exclusion suggestions, as well as environmentally friendly treatment options. Homeowners can take steps to prevent camel back crickets from invading their homes, such as:
- Eliminating moisture in basement areas by using a dehumidifier
- Sealing cracks and crevices around the foundation
- Inspecting and sealing windows and checking screens for holes
- Clearing debris away from structure, to eliminate possible breeding sites