Camelback Crickets 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. Camelback 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 camelback cricket control, it is important that you understand some basic biology of this pest.

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Camelback 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, camelback 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 camelback 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 camelback cricket populations going unchecked is that they can cause a lot of damage to fabric. They love to eat both synthetic and man made 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.



Mouse/Insect GlueboardIf 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 camelback crickets 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!

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Pump SprayerConquerCamelback cricket control is usually easy. The key is attacking them where they want to live. Since they start from the outside, it is usually recommended that you do something to control outside populations. The best way to do this is with CONQUER EC. This is a low odor material which mixes with water. Simply spray foundation walls, around windows, around doorways and under decks or sheds. Use a standard SPRAYER and treat a 5 foot band. Any structure close to the home which may be harboring crickets should be treated thoroughly. By controlling them outside, you will be stopping migration into your home. This will ultimately prevent re-infestation. Use a gallon or two of Conquer every month or two to keep them out. Conquer works on other pests as well but is particularly active on crickets. Don’t waste your time with Dursban or Diazinon. These products won’t work for your cricket problem.


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Bug Vacuum/ZapperIf you have them inside the home, it will take more than just perimeter treating the outside of the house. It will take one of these two treatment methods if your intention is to get rid of them once and for all. Ignoring them won’t work; allowing them to continually reproduce and nest in certain areas of the home will essentially mean there will be a constant supply of new ones. Though the use of some Glue Monitors listed above can help catch some which enter, they won’t control local reproduction. Not even the BUG VACUUM/ZAPPER can do this; ultimately you will have to attack them where they live.

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Niban Fine Granule BaitFor mild or light infestations where you have access to crawl spaces or basements where the crickets are reproducing, you can use NIBAN FG bait. This light granule is easy to apply and can be used safely both inside living areas as well as in crawl spaces or basements. Crickets love this product and will readily feed on it. This will lead to a quick death of in house populations.

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Dustin MizerCentrobulb Bait Master w/7" ExtApply it with a BAIT APPLICATOR inside the home for precise crack and crevice treatments. If you have crawl spaces or basements where nesting is thought to be happening, apply the Niban there as well. This can be done by simply sprinkling the product from the container. If you don’t have access to your crawl space, apply it with a DUSTIN MIZER. This hand powered device will propel the Niban up to 20 feet and will let you treat hard to access crawl spaces that are either too small to enter or simply too dirty to crawl through.

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Treatments will last 1-3 months depending on the level of infestation. Severe populations will require more frequent treatments until the insects have subsided. Finished basements are harder to treat, but can be tackled with bait as well. Use the Bait Applicator to apply the Niban behind wall voids, inside electric outlets and into drop ceilings. These are classic problem areas. By direct baiting, you will be getting to where the crickets are living and reproducing. Try to get some treatment behind walls as well. Your efforts will pay off by allowing the bait to affect more crickets quicker. When combined with outside treatments of Conquer, you will be able to control existing populations as well as keep new ones from coming back. For severe infestations or if you want quicker results, a more aggressive approach is suggested.



CrusaderDeltamethrin DustAlthough baiting for crickets will work when populations are small and specific, treating with dusts and sprays inside will yield quicker and more thorough results. For homeowners with infested crawl spaces and/or basements, this may prove to be the best method of treatment. This is particularly true when infestations have found their way behind finished walls of basements. Although baiting will provide some relief, many times this is simply not enough. Direct treating with DELTAMETHRIN DUST will prove to be much more effective. Apply the dust with a HAND DUSTER to all baseboards, switch plate covers, electric outlets, and moldings where you suspect they are entering as well as drop ceilings.

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Dustin MizerMost finished basements have access to areas behind finished walls and from drop ceilings which enable easy treatment of these voids. Blow Deltamethrin Dust into all of these areas. One treatment will last 6-12 months and therefore will provide the longest control. This is important if you have a lot of reproduction going on in the walls. If you have a crawl space in addition to the basement, make sure to treat it as well. Sprinkle the Deltamethrin Dust throughout or apply it with the DUSTIN MIZER for those hard to access spaces.

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Such treatment is critical for long term success. In most cases, if these areas are treated right in the first place, the crickets never come back. Most people believe ants or roaches are more likely to live in such dark and damp areas. Although some may, most would much rather be in the living area of your home where it is warmer and better food is available. Camelback Crickets are one insect that truly wants to be in the crawl space. Therefore, to solve the problem, you need to get them where they live.

Crickets are a common problem around the home and yard. Camelback crickets will almost always infest crawl spaces or basements if left to do as they please. Once activity is noted outside the home, treat with Conquer to keep them out. If they have already gotten inside, bait with Niban for small infestations. Heavily infested areas should be aggressively treated with Deltamethrin Dust for the quickest and longest protection from future infestations.


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Comments on CAMELBACK CRICKET CONTROL Leave a Comment

May 24, 2012

Colleen @ 11:19 pm #


If you see them frequently in living spaces (daily) does that mean they are from a larger population? And are they safe?

May 25, 2012
June 22, 2012

TANEISHIA @ 12:25 pm #



August 2, 2012

terry @ 11:16 pm #


I have these disturbing creatures. Is it possible they’re coming in through the sink or bathtub drains?

August 3, 2012
August 9, 2012

Jessica @ 10:56 pm #


We just moved (Aug. 1) and I have already encountered one of these cave crickets as well as numerous ants, spiders, centipedes, etc. The top floor has the kitchen, bathroom, living room and 2 bedrooms. Where my in-laws on the bottom is the garage/laundry room and a 2 bedroom finished basement where my husband and I have a room and our daughters have the other room. I have only seen one and it was in our daughters room, not in the garage/basement/laundry area where from your article, I would have expected more to see one there, but my daughter freaked out when she saw it so I am looking to nip this problem in the bud before it becomes a bigger hassle. We do not want frequent visitors..

I would like your suggestion on the best solution to take care of this as far as the dust/sprays go.. we would like to do a treatment on the outside perimeter of the house and would like to know the best dust/spray that is the most effective, long lasting and harmless as like I said we have kids and a dog that are always on the property which surrounds the whole house so would pretty much be the “perimeter”. We also want to do a treatment on the inside of the finished basements and all the cracks, drop ceiling, moldings, electrical outlets, etc. like you mentioned and would also like the most effective, long lasting dust for this being that it is ours and our kids bedrooms, we definitely want something safe/harmless so that if the kids do happen to come in contact with it, they won’t get sick.. Lastly, does any of the dust/sprays help with other pests such as spiders, ants, centipedes? Thanks so much for any information you can provide.

August 11, 2012
August 29, 2012

Casha Flowers @ 12:34 am #


I live in a duplex/apartment complex that has 8 units, 4 on one side and 4 on the other, separated by a small lawn. I see these nasty little bugs EVERYDAY! I may kill anywhere from 2 to 5 of them a day. And they aren’t just in one spot they are all over the place, sometimes even out in the open just jumping around. If I take care of my apartment how likely is it that they could move from my neighbors place over to mine? What is the best way to treat these pests with my situation? Thank you.

September 27, 2012

Kimberly @ 6:00 pm #


Based on your article, I have an infestation… I have a crawl space and they are in my garage. Is there something I can buy from a store or do I need a professional to treat?

Darlene @ 11:44 pm #


I rent a small house which unfortunately sits on top of a high water table with streams that run along the street I live on. The basement does have a crawl space and when it rains and the water table rises, the basement begins to flood from the bottom up. Surrounding the house is a lot of brush and there’s even an old pile of large branches very close to the house that the landlord was suppose remove before I moved in. I would find one occasionally but now it’s out of hand with seeing 1 or 2 every day or so. So now after doing some research and reading everything here, I believe it’s an infestation. My problem is going to be the method or methods of getting rid of the problem. I have 3 Parrots and a dog. It’s the parrots that are most sensitive to pesticides and then of course there is my dog too. So this concerns me with the safest and most effective methods. Please assist me in the safe course of actions I should take. Thank you.

September 28, 2012
October 20, 2012

debra handling @ 10:46 pm #


I have dogs and cats so is Conquer EC safe to use in your yard around the outside of the house where your pets go?

October 21, 2012
October 27, 2012

Kathy Mancini @ 2:51 pm #


Are these crickets active in the winter months?

November 3, 2012

Lori @ 7:58 pm #


I live in a mobile home park. We have lived here about 5 years. This is the first time I have ran into these ugly things. My cat keeps finding them in the living room, bedroom and bathroom. They really creep me out. Today we found 2; one in the living room and one in the bathroom. Being in the park, the homes are set close together. Why do I have these things this fall? How do I get rid of them?

November 4, 2012
November 7, 2012

Kristen @ 11:31 pm #


Help! It has been one year and these things won’t go away regardless of the weather or season. I have had an exterminator come and spray outdoors and inside several times. I have glue traps and they catch some but not all. I have no basement or crawlspace. They are all over downstairs. For example, I’ve seen and killed 10 in 24 hours. They seem to come in waves. Two weeks with none.. Then two months with 20. I don’t know what to do or why they are here.

November 8, 2012
November 13, 2012

Rebecca @ 2:09 pm #


I moved into a ranch town home with one house next to me. I have no basement or crawl space. I have seen these crickets in the kitchen and bedrooms and also the walls or at night crawling around on the kitchen floor. Last night I killed 6 and trapped 4. I have not seen these outside the town home and didn’t see any when I first moved in. What would you say is the best method in killing these and do you think I have an infestation or is this winter hibernation? Help; Momma of 5.

November 14, 2012

Megan @ 6:09 pm #



I live in an end-unit town home and I have a huge camel cricket problem. My husband and I began trying to treat the problem on our own. Our basement does NOT take on water; however, it is very damp – especially in the summer. We bought a dehumidifier and that seemed to help deter the crickets for July and August.

However, late in September we started seeing large amounts of crickets in our finished basement living areas. We laid out stick traps and learned that we were catching approximately 50 crickets in 24 hours. We then called an exterminator. The exterminator treated in the walls with the dust and laid the bait granules under all baseboards and outside. In the meantime we also began sealing all areas outside of our home that the crickets could be getting in from. We called the exterminator because after we did some research we feared these crickets were reproducing in the walls.

Well after the first treatment I described by the exterminator, it was an all out apocalypse. It turned out we were right about them reproducing in the walls and they were fleeing and trying to get away from all of the treatments from the exterminator. In a 7 day period we had over 1,000 crickets in our basement and obviously they began making their way up the stairs and onto our first floor. The two worst days out of that week we know we caught about 350 each day on sticky traps. After 7 days, it thankfully began to get better. And by 10 days after the exterminators treatment we were back to only about 10 per day caught on sticky traps.

The exterminator did a follow up treatment at the 14 day mark and he performed all of the same treatments as the first time. In the meantime the weather has got colder, and the basement is not as damp feeling because of the cold. A few days after the second treatment, we began seeing crickets in an area of our basement that we never had before – the area where the hot water heater is. We had the exterminator out again the treat that specific area a little more heavily. We didn’t see any crickets at all for about 5 days. Now we are back to about 25-30 per day, and mainly in that area by the hot water heater. PLEASE HELP. We at stumped and so disheartened. Thanks.

August 31, 2013

TJ @ 12:30 am #


I live in the top floor unit of a duplex (Two family) in Los Angeles… A cricket moved into my fireplace 4 days ago and is very loud! How could he have entered my home? Thank you…

September 2, 2013

TJ @ 1:00 am #


Thank you! He is now in the dining room! :) Are these sprays harmful to family pets?

September 18, 2013

LC @ 11:45 am #


Do these crickets lay eggs or birth live babies for reproductive purposes?

September 30, 2013

Shane @ 10:16 am #


This article is very helpful and it gives a lot of information about camel back cricket. Thank you for all the replies “Tech” provides us. My concern is I live in a 2 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor and I see these camel back crickets. Maybe 2-3 a day. This started in my bed room and living room where I found them dead when I was not home for couple of days. I think it looks like one ate the other as a leg was separated from one and the other was dead because my apartment was being treated for bed bugs. I do not have bed bugs anymore but I still see these crickets a lot. I see 2-3 crickets on the balcony dead or in the process of being dead. This is because I sprayed my sliding window in the living room with some kind of bug spray I bought from Safeway (I forgot the name). But my main concern is where is this coming from and where is their nest? I want to get rid of the root cause. I told my apartment about it and they told me they are seeing this problem more this year because of the increase in water level (I don’t know what that means). They will come this week to check if there is any cracks in my sliding door in balcony (which I think that’s where they are getting in from). I saw one crawling in the couch where my wife was sitting the other day. This creature is so nasty and freaky looking that I will do anything to get rid of it. Any suggestions and ideas will be helpful.

October 28, 2013

Shyla @ 10:13 pm #


There is no basement, crawl space or any damp places that I can think of where they could breed. I babysit for this family 4 days a week and I end up having to kill at least one a day before she goes to bed! I’d like to know what to do. They freak me out when they jump around trying to smoosh them with a shoe. What should I do? Where is the problem coming from?

October 29, 2013
November 25, 2014

donna bourne @ 1:08 am #


I have a problem with camel crickets living in an older mobile home. I am gone a lot traveling. But I find one in the bathroom in the tub most of the time when I return from a trip. When I got back this year, end of sept., I found and killed several large ones. Got some glue traps online and have not put them under table, etc. yet, because I have not seen any for a while? I have a parrot that I have loved and cared for 33 years so I cannot use anything that can be airborne and hurt her little lungs. And poison sprays are a no no, even put under the trailer, could drift through vents, cracks, etc. This is a 1977 mobile home. What can I buy to sprinkle under trailer and around edge of trailer that will not hurt my bird? Thanks, camel cricket warrior. Haha.

December 26, 2014

Jeanne @ 9:42 am #


I live in a small ranch home with an unfinished basement. I’ve been seeing these crickets on my walls for about two months now, perhaps 1 or 2 a week. I’ve been catching them and putting them outside. My basement is not finished and I have a ‘french drain’ which they love to fall into when I miss. What would be the best way to treat and I hope I’ve caught this early enough.

December 29, 2014

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