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Camel Cricket

Actual Size: ½ to 1.5”

Characteristics: Long legs and antennae with a thick body that is tan or brown in color.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: These nocturnal creatures avoid light and are drawn to damp areas. Indoors, they’re usually found in crawl spaces or basements.

Habits:

  • Despite their name, they are not crickets and are actually more related to katydids. 
  • Not capable of chirping the way that normal crickets do. 
  • Can jump up to 60 times their own body length, especially when scared.
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Camel Crickets in Kailua Kona

Camel crickets are distinctive insects with a unique appearance. Unlike typical crickets, they lack wings and the ability to produce sound. Characterized by their humpbacked appearance, long hind legs, and lengthy antennae, camel crickets often resemble small spiders. They are often called “land shrimp” or “cave crickets” due to their distinctive appearance and habit of hiding in dark, damp spaces. Camel crickets are usually brown or tan in color, but they can also have a mottled pattern that enhances their camouflaging abilities.

Camel Cricket Habitat

Camel crickets thrive in dark and damp environments, commonly found in caves, basements, and crawl spaces. They are well-adapted to low-light conditions, using their long antennae to navigate in the dark. These insects prefer areas with high humidity levels, as it aids in their survival. While caves are their natural habitat, they have also adapted to urban environments, often inhabiting the moist corners of homes. Camel crickets play a crucial role in ecosystems by aiding in the decomposition of organic matter, but can be frightening to come across indoors.

Camel Cricket Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Camel crickets are generally harmless and do not pose any direct threats to humans. They do not bite or sting, and their primary interaction with people involves occasional startling jumps when disturbed. However, their presence in large numbers may become a nuisance, especially in basements or dark spaces, where their sudden movements can surprise homeowners. While they do not cause structural damage to buildings, it’s advisable to manage and control their population to prevent an infestation. If you suspect a camel cricket issue on your property, contact your local exterminators.