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 need to 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, its important to 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’ll readily move inside for shelter from the hot summer heat. Crawl spaces and basements provide excellent nest sights. If you’re finding some in your basement, treat sooner rather than later. Its far easier to get control of this cricket before its established.

If you have a home with a crawl space, its important to check it periodically. Such inspections may reveal pest problems. And if you find crickets during any inspection, try to treat right away. Since camelback crickets reproduce quickly, its wise to get rid of them before populations swell.

Once their population gets large, they’ll migrate up and out of crawl spaces and into living areas of the home. This is disconcerting to residents since this cricket is very different compared to its cousin the common field cricket. Camelback crickets have long antennae, huge hind legs and a strong looking body.CAMELBACK CRICKETS

Since camelback crickets grow large, many people are surprised at how big they can get. Another unique feature of this cricket is that they jump randomly and are more likely to jump at you than away from you. Its believed this is due to how they see. Their vision is such that it appears to them they are moving away from a potential predator but in fact they are moving towards it. Some behavior will in fact spook some predators leading scientists to conclude its evolved this way for defensive purposes.

Another problem with letting camelback cricket populations going unchecked is the potential for fabric damage. 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 camelback crickets are 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 the home. This could lead to rat and mouse infestations and in turn, require more even pest control! Because of problems associated with letting cave crickets live in the home, its wise to take action and stop local infestations.



If you think you have this cricket getting into living areas because you’ve seen droppings or damaged fabric, set out some GLUE TRAP MONITORS. 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.

Traps should be spaced 10-15 feet apart and will generally remain functional for 3 months.

Mouse/Insect Glueboard






Camelback cricket control is usually easy to achieve. The key is attacking them where they want to live. Since they start from the outside, its recommended you control outside populations. The best way to do this is with concentrate we carry called FENVASTAR. this low odor material mixes with water and treatments will last 30 days.

Simply spray foundation walls, around windows and doorways, under decks or sheds and in mulch or other dark, moist areas.  Be sure to create at least a 5 foot band barrier both up and out from the home. So at least 5 feet up (higher if you have elevated decks since they love living under the decking) and at least 5 feet out into turf, pine straw, etc.

Any structure close to the home which may be harboring crickets should be treated thoroughly to. By controlling them outside, you’ll be stopping the migration that will naturally happen into the home. Expect to use at least 1-2 gallons of mixed FENVASTAR every month for active problems.




Use a good PUMP SPRAYER to apply the Fenvastar. Our private label is made to our specs and has a long lasting pump mechanism as well as the right tips to make the proper treatment.







If you already have them in the home, it will take more than just perimeter treating the outside of the house. An d 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. And though they may appear to be “seasonal”, they tend to be most visual in the fall and winter even though they’re around or in the home all year long.

Now the GLUE TRAPS listed above will help by catching some. And if you’re seeing them daily, you may find the BUG VACUUM/ZAPPER can help remove some. But ultimately treating some in living areas as well as nest sites will prove the most helpful at getting rid of them for good.

Bug Vacuum/Zapper






For mild or light infestations where you have access to crawl spaces or basements with activity, you can try using NIBAN FG bait. This light granule is easy to apply and can be used safely in living areas as well as crawl spaces or basements. Crickets will readily feed on it and die. Apply it by lightly sprinkling some out behind furniture, along baseboards and basically where crickets are seen active. It comes packed in a bag that can be used to sprinkle out; apply 3 oz per 100 sq/ft.

Niban Fine Granule Bait




For wall voids, a BAIT APPLICATOR will help. Since camelback crickets will readily nest in basement walls (they love the space behind sheetrock or paneling installed over the cement), this device will help deliver the Niban where it will be needed. It will also help for treating any crack or crevice, light fixture, behind switch plate covers or electric outlet covers and other hard to reach areas.

Centrobulb Bait Master w/7" Ext




For crawl spaces, the DUSTIN MIZER can help get effective coverage. It will disperse the Niban up to 20 feet out. Its manually operated by turning a “crank” mechanism and can help get these hard to maneuver areas baited properly instead of ignored.

Dustin Mizer





Treatments with Niban will last 1-3 months depending on the level of infestation. Severe populations will require more frequent treatments until the feeding crickets die off.



Finished basements can be the whole problem area with camelback crickets. Its not uncommon for them to nest behind the wall and from there, forage into the finished area. If that’s happening in your home, the Glue Traps and Fenvastar will help. But you will need to treat that wall space.

Use the Bait Applicator to apply the Niban behind wall voids, inside electric outlets and up into drop ceilings if you have these installed. These are all classic problem areas for finished basements. By direct baiting, you will be delivering food to where the crickets are living and reproducing.

Baiting these spaces will pay faster dividends by getting the bait to affect more cricket since most will not forage out into living spaces. When combined with outside treatments of Fenvastar, you’ll 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 which will be to dust the wall void.



Although baiting for crickets will work when populations are small and easy to locate, treating with dusts and sprays will yield faster, more thorough results.

For homeowners with infested crawl spaces and/or basements, this is no doubt the best treatment method. This is particularly true when infestations have found their way behind finished walls of basements. Although baiting will provide relief, it will many times this is not be enough to knock them all out.

So if you want complete and fast control, dust these spaces with DELTAMETHRIN DUST. iIt will work within 1-2 days, kill all stages developing behind the walls and in crawl spaces out of sight and overall, won’t miss any. Bait will only work on those which eat it. And if there is a good supply of food hidden away for these guys to live on, Niban alone may not be enough. But Deltamethrin Dust won’t miss.

Use 1 lb of dust for every 500 sq/ft of area. Just remember, you don’t want to apply Deltamethrin Dust where you apply Niban. Now you can dust crawl spaces and wall voids but for the living area, use nothing but Niban and Glue Boards. This would be a smart approach. But don’t bait the crawl space and then dust it; the dust will render the bait unattractive to the crickets.

Deltamethrin Dust




For dusting wall voids, light fixtures, under switch plate covers, etc., use the CRUSADER HAND DUSTER.





Most finished basements have access to areas behind finished walls and from drop ceilings which enable easy treatment of these voids. If you have such access points, blow the Deltamethrin Dust into as many spaces like these you can reach

The other benefit of the dust is that one treatment will last 6-12 months providing the longest control. This is important if you have a lot of reproduction going on in the walls and if  you prefer having to treat less frequently. If you have a crawl space in addition to the basement, make sure to treat it as well. Use the DUSTIN MIZER for those hard to access spaces; it can be used to disperse the dust as well as the Niban Bait.

Dustin Mizer




Camelback crickets are a common problem around the home and yard. If left to live under decks or on the dark side of you home, some will get inside. Once inside, they’ll target crawl spaces or basements. Avoid inside problems by treating the outside with Fenvastar once a quarter. Once you have a problem, spray monthly until they’re gone. Now ifI they’re already inside, bait with Niban for small infestations and set up some traps. Heavily infested areas should be aggressively treated with Deltamethrin Dust for the quickest results and long lasting protection from future problems.


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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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