Yes, camel crickets are probably the most disgusting looking pest imaginable.
Yes, they will leap at you if you get too close to them.
And YES, the chance of having an infestation develop in your home is decently high! (Internally cries…)
But there’s one main thing that can help prevent you from housing an infestation of these gross-looking pests — a dehumidifier.
About Camel Crickets
Camel crickets (oftentimes referred to as cave crickets) are a species of cricket that can be found all across the United States.
Unlike their relatives, they do not have sound-producing organs that will allow them to chirp. So you might be surprised when you turn the corner and come face-to-face with one of these ugly beasts.
The reasons we call them “ugly beasts” is because they’re larger than the average cricket, are humpbacked with long legs and are one of the biggest cricket species. (Not to mention the fact that they will leap directly at you in order to frighten and scare you away — gross!)
Why Do Camel Crickets Love Your Home?
If you’ve ever seen a camel cricket inside of a house, you’ll usually find them in the basement, garage, or near a bathroom.
Camel crickets LOVE cool, moist environments. Because of their love of these conditions, the chances of seeing them in your home increases during the warmer weather months of spring and summer.
How to Prevent Camel Crickets
If you have an infestation of camel crickets, you will obviously want to call your local pest control company. However, you should be addressing things within your home NOW, not only to drive current ones away but to prevent them from entering your home in the first place.
The most important thing you need to do is contact your local HVAC technician to talk about adding a dehumidifier to your home. A dehumidification system will help lower the number of moisture areas in your home, thus eliminating a camel crickets favorite type of environment.
A home’s humidity level should fall between 30 and 50 percent. Any higher than this and you run the risk of welcoming camel crickets into your home (along with a ton of mold growth).
Additionally, you should also keep an eye out for any possible plumbing leaks that should be fixed ASAP and keep clutter to a minimum to limit the number of hiding spaces camel crickets can hide.
A humid home doesn’t just make your hair poofy, it brings the bugs into your home!