Camel Crickets

Camel Crickets

Camel crickets get their name because of their slightly humpbacked appearance. Their long legs give them a spider-like appearance. Unlike most cricket species that we see, camel crickets do not “chirp”. If you are hearing chirping sounds indoors, then you likely have field crickets. Outdoors, camel crickets are typically found in moist areas including under stones and logs, or in stacks of firewood. Areas that are overgrown with vegetation such as ivy and other ground covers provide excellent hiding places. 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.