Camel Cricket Scientific Classification
Camel Cricket Conservation Status
Camel Cricket Locations
Camel Cricket Facts
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Fun FactThe camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.Estimated Population SizeMillionsBiggest ThreatHabitat loss and predatorsMost Distinctive FeatureBrown stripes on bodyOther Name(s)Spider cricketGestation Period10-12 weeksWingspan13 to 33 mmAverage Spawn Size12-15HabitatMoist environmentsDietOmnivoreLifestyle
Favorite FoodLeavesCommon NameCamel cricketNumber Of Species1LocationWorldwide
Camel Cricket Physical Characteristics
Skin TypeHard ShellLifespan1-2 yearsWeight20 gramsHeight10 cmLength1.25” inches
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Camel crickets are also called spider crickets, sand treaders, camelback crickets and cave crickets.
They take their name from their uniquely shaped bodies that many say remind them of a camel’s hump. These crickets that do not chirp love warm and moist environments like are found in greenhouses, but they may end up living in your home. They can grow up to 1.5-inches long and might startle you if they jump on you. They do not carry diseases, but they can be destructive to your clothing and belongings.
5 Incredible Camel Cricket Facts
- Camelback crickets prefer to live in dark and damp places.
- Depending on the species, these light brown crickets can have spots.
- Adult camel crickets do not have wings, but some baby camel spiders can have wings, depending on the species.
- Camel crickets live around the world, except for New Caledonia and Madagascar.
- Camelback crickets have no sound-producing organs, so they cannot chirp.
Camel Crickets Species, Types, and Scientific Name
Sand treaders spend almost all of their time eating. Researchers believe that sand treaders eat about 90% of the time. That is a lot compared to other animals.
Camel crickets belong to the Ensifera suborder and to the orthopteran family Rhaphidophoridae. They each belong to either:
- Aemodogryllinae- These insects live in India, Korea, China, Russia and Europe
- Ceuthophilinae – These insects live in North America
- Dolichopodainae – These insects live in Southern Europe and Western Asia
- Gammarotettiginae – These insects live in North America
- Macropathinae- These insects live in Australia, Chile, New Zealand and the Falkland Islands
- Protroglophilinae – These insects are extinct
- Rhaphidophorinae – These insects live in Australia, China, Japan, India and Malaysia
- Troglophilinae – These insects live in the Mediterranean
- Tropidischiinae – These insects live in Canada
Appearance: How to Identify Camel Crickets
Camel crickets are about the same color as a camel. Like the camel, they have a humpback appearance. They have long back legs, like a grasshopper. They have two antennas that are extra-long and close together. While there are some reports of cave crickets growing up to 12-inches long, most of these insects that live for about 18 months are nearly 2-inches long, not counting their hind legs. These legs can be almost as long as the camel cricket’s body.
Habitat: Where to Find Them
Camel crickets prefer warm and moist environments. While you can find them in caves, you can also find them in rotting leaves and under logs.
Diet: What Do They Eat?
Camel crickets are omnivores. They will eat fungus, plant matter, insects, and even fabric or cloth. They will eat just about anything. For their size, camel crickets eat a lot.
Prevention: How to Get Rid of Camel Crickets
Camel crickets will eat your clothes and belongings, so it is vital to get them out of your home as soon as possible if they get there. The first step is to determine where they are getting into your home. Fix any minor cracks that they may get through. Weatherstripping under doorways is often a great idea.
The next step is to control the environment in your home. If you have wet areas, figure out why they are wet. If they have invaded your basement, you may need to run the sump pump to remove excess water. Additionally, running a dehumidifier during rainy periods may help.
Clean your home thoroughly. Remove any cardboard boxes that are not necessary as cave crickets often use them for shelter. Remember that the size of camel crickets allows them to live under many small items, so remove the clutter.
You may want to put out sticky traps designed to catch all types of pests. It is best to use these traps because of the size of camel crickets. You may have better luck using them if you bait them with a piece of bread or some other food. Be sure to place the sticky traps where the basement walls and floors intersect as this is a favorite hiding spot.
Place bowls of soapy water where you have seen the crickets. They will try to drink the water and drown.
You may need to seek professional help if the above techniques do not work. Professionals often use poisons that you cannot buy. Therefore, you may want to try more natural methods before introducing poisons to your home as poisons can have unattended consequences.