Even Crickets Can Be A Pest
For most people, crickets almost aren’t even considered an insect. They’re just that pleasant noise that’s heard outside as evening draws near, a soothing chirp that tells everyone it’s the end of the day and start of a quiet evening. But of course, crickets are more than that. They’re insects, and they have all the needs other insects do, including requirements for food, shelter and the need to reproduce.
Surprisingly, here in Maryland, that can also mean that they end up moving into your home, and causing some big pest control problems.
Scary, But Not Dangerous
The camel cricket is one of the crickets most likely to actually end up inside a home in this part of the USA. It gets its name because of the unique curvature of its body, that makes it look like it has a hump, like a camel. Camel crickets, unlike other insects such as termites, or cockroaches, actually pose no serious threat. Termites, of course, can damage wood in homes, while cockroaches present a serious disease risk if they nibble on a leftover piece of pizza sitting on the coffee table, and then you eat it yourself later.
But while camel crickets don’t actually pose a danger to humans, in one sense, they can actually be the scarier insect. The camel cricket has only one natural defense mechanism against threats; mobility. Like all crickets, camel crickets have a powerful set of legs, and their natural reaction to danger is to jump. This can often startle or scare people, especially if there are a lot of crickets in a home and they start jumping in all directions.
However, crickets feed on plant materials, including fiber, meaning that certain fabrics on clothing, paper and, of course, plants themselves are all fair game for this cave cricket. If you have a lot of camel crickets in your home, we can help to control the problem.