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Stop Camel Crickets From Invading Your Home

These ugly bugs are taking over area homes. Here's how to get rid of them.

Jumpy bugs. Hippity Hops. Cave crickets.

That's just some of the names local residents have given to these critters that have invaded their homes, particularly their basements. Their actual name is Rhaphidophoridae, but they are commonly called camel crickets because of their "humpbacked appearance," according to North Carolina University's Department of Entomology Web site. 

Unlike field crickets, these strange-looking creatures have no wings and they do not chirp, but they can jump very high, which they usually do when they are startled. For instance, when they detect, using their antennae, that someone is approaching or if a shoe is thrown at them.

"They are disgusting," Patch reader Laurie Schaefer Mangione wrote on East Meadow Patch's Facebook page on Tuesday when residents were asked if they have them in their homes.

Many readers wrote back expressing their disgust of the crickets and ways that they have tried to get rid of them.

Joanna Castellano Festa said that the creatures would pop up in her bathroom a few years ago.

"They would freak me out," she wrote. "I usually hairsprayed them to death. Oh God...I have the heebie jeebies just thinking about it."

A couple of readers said that there were three things that worked: sticky glue traps, dehumidifiers and at times, cats.

"The dehumidifier worked for us," Raychel Westwood-Thurau said. "I use to get countless crickets in the basement.. I'm not saying it worked over night, but within a couple of weeks they were gone."

Reader Becky Gillman Goldberg said that glue traps are what worked for her.

"Go to Ace Hardware for the good ones," she said. "We also have this eco-friendly bug spray that kills on contact, for the few that miss the glue traps."

Diane Petchesky Buffolino that her four-legged creature got the job done.

"Our cats think they are a toy," she said.

When asked what are the best ways to get rid of the creatures, James Skinner, owner of A&C Pest Management in East Meadow, said the first thing that came to his mind.

"Call an exterminator," he laughed.

Skinner said that crickets, like all insects, like moisture.

"Most people will keep bushes close to their homes and bushes contain moisture," he said. "If they trimmed their bushes away from their structures it would stop crickets from getting in their homes. And keep basements dry at all times and make sure dehumidifiers are drained. 

He also said that it would be beneficial to invest in glue traps and door sweeps.

"A lot of times people have cracks in their doors and a door sweep will stop crickets, mice and spiders from getting in," he said. "If they get glue traps they need to let it fill up with crickets. Don't replace them too soon."

Do you have these critters in your home? Tell us about it and what's worked (or not worked) for you? To see what else readers had to say about camel crickets click here .

 

robert October 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Invite Andrew Zimmerin over for a week and your cricket problem will be solved.
Diana Carannante October 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I went to Ace Hardware and I got the sticky glue traps, I am getting a lot of them and it is scary to see how many. I don't see any babies which I hope is a good thing
paul October 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I have had them and are amazed at how high they can really jump. Wow.... Gods wonderful creation.....
susan bennett October 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM
come on people, get a grip! I hate seeing them in my basement too (and I have dehumidifiers). they startle me and my kids. but they are completely harmless!!! so I pick them up and set them free outside, where they belong. glue traps are horrible. critters get caught on them and die a slow terrifying death while trying to free themselves. the crickets often lose limbs in the struggle. if you want to kill them, find a more humane way.
Lisa Macko October 15, 2012 at 01:20 AM
you wouldn't be talking about killing them humanely if you woke up to them in your bed, or them jumping on you while you are sleeping.. i WISH they were extinct

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