Has your home become infested by the notorious cave cricket, also referred to as the camel cricket or spider cricket? These crickets are an invasive species that have a knack for making their way into your home. If you're dealing with cave crickets, A&C Pest Management is your first line of defense in exterminating them!
The team at A&C Pest Management are the experts at exterminating cave crickets on Long Island, with over 40 years of experience eliminating cricket populations in homes. The cave cricket is the most common cricket found in homes on Long Island and are different from the field crickets you may see in your yard. Cave crickets are attracted to cool, damp areas, making your basement an ideal environment. They are also commonly found near shaded areas, in laundry rooms or bathrooms, drains and sewers, leaves and debris.
What Do Cave Crickets Look Like?
Cave crickets, or camel crickets and spider crickets have a few signature identifiers that make them hard to mistake, including:
- A brown body, often covered in various shades of brown spots
- A large, hump-shaped back with 6 legs
- Large, drumstick-like back legs
- A long set of antennae
Although cave crickets are wingless, their long back legs allow them to make powerful jumpers, making them both difficult and nerve-wracking to catch. Cave crickets also have a long set of antennae and do not chirp like other crickets.
Why Your Home Has Cave Crickets
The cave cricket is active year round, and while usually residing in cool, damp areas, they begin searching for warmer places to spend the fall and winter in New York. This means they usually end up hanging out around your foundation, and ultimately inside your home. Cave crickets lay eggs in the spring that will hatch a few weeks later. Because of their behavior, you will usually see a spike in cave cricket activity in the spring as they're hatching and in the fall as they're moving into warmer areas.
Can Cave Crickets Cause Damage?
While camel crickets do not usually bite people, they do have chewing mouthparts that can cause damage to materials such as fabrics or clothes. Cave crickets are not poisonous and are more often seen as a scary nuisance more than anything.
How To Get Rid of Cave Crickets
A&C Pest Management offers an IPM approach to cave cricket control, which includes a property assessment and exclusion suggestions, as well as environmentally friendly treatment options. Homeowners can take steps to prevent cave 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 the structure of your home to eliminate possible breeding sites
Check out or other pest control services to see how we can better serve your family, removing cave crickets and a variety of other pests around your home.