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Cricket+Spider = Camel Cricket

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Posted by Kari on October 14, 2006 at 23:04:06:

In Reply to: Re: I saw my first two cricket+spider mutens in my NW MS condo!! posted by Robyn on October 14, 2006 at 13:04:58:

I hope this post works I really don't know how to do it but oh well. Ok I have these creatures bad in my basment. And yes they have jumped at me as well. Scared the crap out of me as I hate spiders.
so here is the info I found for all that would like to know what they are.

This article is about camel back crickets or cave
crickets. Like many insects, they can become a pest in
and around the home. Most pests want to live where
people live, but these crickets are different. They
love dark, damp, cave-like settings where they can
nest. These environments provide both water and food.
Cave crickets can live in a home for long periods of
time without residents knowing. As their population
increases, some will get into living areas. This will
prompt the homeowner to treat. Before we discuss methods
of pest control for cave crickets, it is important
that you understand some basic biology of this pest.
Camel back crickets appear throughout most of the
United States. They will move into areas around the
home taking up residence under porches and sheds.
They love moisture and darkness. Such areas produce
fungus and mold - both of which can feed this species
of cricket. In addition to mold and fungus, camel
back crickets will feed on fabric. This becomes a
problem in the home since migrating crickets can
cause substantial damage if left unchecked.
Once crickets are established around the home,
they will readily move inside for shelter from the
hot summer heat. Crawl spaces and basements provide
excellent nest sights. If you are finding some in
your basement, treat early. It is easier to get
control of this cricket before it is established.
If you have a home with a crawl space, it is important
that you check periodically. Such inspections may
reveal pest problems. If you find crickets during
any inspection, try to treat it as soon as possible.
Since camel back crickets reproduce quickly, it is
wise to get rid of them before populations swell.
If the population is large, expect to have them
migrating out of the crawl space and into living
areas of the home. This is disconcerting to residents
since this cricket is unusual to look at. It is
almost hairy looking with all it's antennae. Since
it grows large, many people are surprised at just
how big they are. Another unique feature of this
cricket is that they jump randomly and are more
likely to jump at you than away from you. It is
believed this is due to how they see. Their vision
is such that it appears to them they are moving
away from it's predator but in fact they are moving
towards it. Some people speculate this has lead
the species to appear to be attacking which in
turn chases away would-be predators. Whatever the
reason, keep in mind they cannot bite or sting.
Even still, having a large unusual insect jumping
at you will probably feel disconcerting.
Another problem with letting camel back cricket
populations going unchecked is that they can cause
a lot of damage to fabric. They love to eat both
synthetic and manmade material including rugs, furniture,
books, canvas, clothing, boxes, linen, drapery,
and just about anything we have in our living area.
This can lead to damage which looks like some type
of moth. Because this cricket is rather large and meaty,
mice and rats are fond of them. Many times rats and
mice will take advantage of populations which are
active in your home. This could lead to rat and mouse
infestations as well and will require more even pest
control! Because of the problems associated with letting
cave crickets live in your home, it is wise to take
action to stop such infestations.
If you think some are getting into living areas because
you have seen droppings or damaged fabric, set out some
GLUE TRAP MONITORS in areas where such activity is
suspected. They will readily attract crickets because
they provide the type of shelter Camel Backs like. If
you catch one every few months, there isn't much of
a problem. However, if you are catching one or more
a week, it is time to start doing some cricket control!

there is a picture at www.whatsthatbug.com

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