Also known as Greenhouse camel crickets, these crickets get their name from their look. Their hump-back gives them the appearance of a camel.
Becoming active in April when eggs hatch, camel crickets are generally outdoor crickets but when the weather is hot and dry (like Texas summers get) they find their way indoors. Looking for a cool moist area, you may find them in a damp basement, utility closet, bathroom or in your garage. Outdoors they tend to congregate around buildings, under mulch or stones and in woodpiles or lawn debris.
Camel crickets are pale to dark brown, ranging in size from ½” to 2” long with antennae twice the length of their body. Because they are wingless, their oversized hind legs are designed to allow them to leap as a defense when feeling threatened. Also, unlike other crickets, the camel cricket does not possess sound organs, therefore, they are unable to chirp.
Camel crickets are nocturnal insects that scavenge for food at night and hide during the day. Eating on other insects or organic material, camel crickets can also damage fabrics, curtains, and clothes if left inside untreated.
- Seal any cracks around perimeter of home
- Replace damaged door weatherstripping and screens
- Remove any moisture areas in and around perimeter of home
- Repair any water leaks
- Keep attics, crawl spaces and basements well ventilated
- Keep yard free of debris
- Store woodpiles away from structure of home
- Hire a professional pest control service
If you’re experiencing any insects inside or outside your home, call Safe Earth Pest Control today. We have a plan that fits your needs. 214-321-2847