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The "Camel" Cricket and Common House Cricket

Cave crickets or more commonly, Camel crickets (or hump-back crickets due to its' hump-back appearance.) Are light to dark brown, about 1/2 -1 1/2 inch long. Their diet is almost anything but camel crickets will feed on clothes. Camel Crickets are most often are found in crawl spaces and basements, but also like any cool and damp area like under logs or stones.

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Crickets, like all other insects, are cold-blooded. They take on the temperature of their surroundings. For instance, crickets, like all other organisms, have many chemical reactions occurring within their bodies. As the temperature rises, it becomes easier to reach a certain activation or threshold energy, and chemical reactions, like those that occur during the muscle contractions used to produce chirping, happen more rapidly. As the temperature falls, the rate of chemical reactions inside the crickets' bodies slow down, causing characteristics, such as chirping, to also slow down.


Most people know Field and House crickets. Field crickets are dark to black in color. House crickets look the same but are much lighter. They are normally tan to light brown. Either species will live in and around the home. Both develop the same way. Adult females can lay several hundred eggs. These hatch and the young develop through a series of instars before it fully matures. However, young can do just about everything adults can. It takes a year for a generation to fully develop. Since one female can lay hundreds of eggs, initial activity is usually not noticed. Once eggs hatch and migrate around a home, populations will quickly grow. In the spring, expect to see small crickets. As the summer goes by, these will grow larger and larger. By fall, adults will be foraging into structures looking for a warm place to spend the winter months.

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   Crickets feed on just about anything. This includes dead insects, live insects, silk, wool, man-made fabric, paper, wood, and just about anything we eat. Crickets can make the most from a compost pile and will readily nest anywhere garbage accumulates. You can also expect to have them nesting around moist areas where water accumulates or where mold and algae may be growing.