Cave Crickets (Camel-Back Crickets) 

Color: Brownish, some reddish, or with mottled patterns.
Legs: 6 
Shape: Long with large legs and long, threadlike antennae
Size: 1½ – 2 ”
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.

Cave crickets are common inhabitants of caves or similar dark, cool, damp places.   They have large hind legs, giving them a hunchback appearance (and lending to the camel-back reference).  They have quite poor eyesight and jump at anything deemed threatening in an attempt to scare it away.  However intimidating these large jumping insects may seem, though, they are harmless to humans.  Cave crickets do not bite. 


Cave crickets live in dark, damp places, are active at night and do not make any sound (like the chirping house cricket).  Adapting to life deep in caves has made this insect a true fighter.  It has been observed to eat its own extremities in starvation scenarios.


Cave crickets are found worldwide in caves, animal dens, cellars, beneath rocks and other similar environments.  With such a preference for caves, they don't often enter human environments, but if they do make their way inside basements are a favorite hideout, especially around standing water, leaks or drains. 


Cave crickets do not bite or even make that irritating chirping sound.  However, if threatened, a cave cricket will jump a the percieved attacker.


The most effective way to prevent cave cricket infestations is to reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Consider running a dehumidifier if you have a damp basement. Seal openings around your foundation and leave doors closed.

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