How to Stop Camel Crickets

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How to Stop Camel Crickets
Camel crickets can sneak into your home to chew on your furniture. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Camel crickets don't chirp loudly but they are still a large nuisance. These insects can get into homes and other spaces and chew through items when they don't have another source of food; often homeowners won't notice until it's too late. There are some easy ways to stop camel crickets from coming into your home and to prevent them from invading your living space.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Humidifier
  • Caulk
  • Sealant

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Instructions

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    Make your home or living area less desirable for camel crickets. These insects are attracted to wet, damp, humid places that have cool temperatures. Basements, bathrooms, garages and laundry rooms are common places these crickets are attracted to and are found. Use a humidifier and fans to be sure that the home is dry, and don't leave sinks or buckets filled with water. Wipe and absorb any water that is spilt or accumulating in or around the home.

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    Check entrances to the home such as windows and doors to make sure that they are caulked and sealed properly. Cracks in the foundation, siding, flooring or even vents leading outside can be entrances for camel crickets, so be sure to use screens whenever possible. Fill gaps with caulk and replace any torn screens.

  3. 3

    Avoid using mulch around the home and stack any firewood away from the house. Also place shrubbery at least a foot away from the home. Be sure that there is no clutter underneath decks and patios. Be especially overcautious after a heavy rainfall, and never leave doors open to your home for long periods of time.

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    Hire professionals to spray sealants on the home, or to exterminate the pests. It is important to take care of the problem right away before the insects start reproducing and multiplying in large numbers. There may be instances when only the professionals can get into specific places.

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