Camel Cricket

Introduction: Camel crickets get their common name because of their humpbacked appearance, the cave cricket group because of being commonly found in caves, and the stone cricket group probably because they are often found under stones. They are widespread in the United States and in the word.

Recognition: Adults about  ½-1 ¼ “ (12-33 mm)  in body length with female’s ovipositor (egg laying structure) often exceeding half its body length. Color light to dark brown, often mottled with lighter or darker areas. Antennae threadlike, much longer than body, with basal segments touching or nearly so. 

HABITS. Outdoors around buildings, they are typically found in cool, moist situations such as under  mulch, stones, railroad ties, woodpiles, debris, etc. They are nocturnal or active at night and hide during the day. Other places they can be found around homes are in wells, drainage culverts/pipes, under A/C units or their concrete pads, sheds, etc Indoors they can become problems in damp basements, utility rooms, crawl spaces, garages, and occasionally in attics. They often invade structures when it becomes hot and dry outside.

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