Get Rid of Spider Crickets | Pest Guide | Doctor Pest

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Getting Rid of Spider Crickets + How To Keep Them Away

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Spider crickets, also known as cave crickets or camel crickets, are widespread in the United States. They are generally found in caves, but have a tendency to dwell in other cold and damp locations such as basements. These pests can be a nuisance as they live for up to two years, can breed prolifically and cause damage to clothing, curtains and other soft furnishings.

While you might think your home is safe from these pests, they can linger in gardens throughout the wetter months before seeking refuge within crawl spaces, garages, attics and basements come the hotter months. Being prolific across the United States means that few areas are immune from these hardy creatures. Read on to discover how you can prevent spider crickets from invading your home.

How To Prevent Spider Crickets

As the spider cricket is a big fan of damp environments, it’s vital that you can prevent moisture from building up in your home. If you have a basement, ensure that you install a dehumidifier to prevent mold and damp from generating around window seals and on walls.

If your basement houses your washer or dryer, make sure that you don’t leave clothing down there for too long. It is not unheard of for spider crickets to infest utility rooms as they are attracted to the dampness of newly washed linen. Ensure that your laundry area, your attic and your basement is well ventilated to make sure moisture does not build up.

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1 – Seal Entry Points

Make sure that you seal up entry points to your home. Critters like the spider cricket are expert at crawling through the tiniest of spaces and when they infest a space they can take hold quickly.

2 – Storage

While a log burner is a luxury within the home, make sure you don’t store your wood close to your house. By having a six meter distance between your woodpile and your home, you can safeguard against a possible spider cricket infestation.

3 – Around The House

While they relish a moist habitat, spider crickets are also content in garbage cans, weeds and long grass. If you have a small garden, ensure that you keep your lawn short and keep garbage away from your home.

How To Identify Spider Crickets

The spider cricket varies in size, between half an inch and one and a half inches long. They have six legs and large forward protruding antennae. Their rear legs are spider-like, hence their name. They do not possess any wings, unlike other crickets, but they are still quick movers and can be elusive when trying to observe, catch or exterminate. The spider cricket is widespread across the United States as they are such prolific pests.



Signs and Symptoms of A Spider Cricket Bite

Spider crickets are intriguing pests as they do not technically have the ability to bite. However, when startled, they can leap towards humans using their powerful hind legs and can land on bare skin. While they are unable to bite because of a lack of fangs and they are not poisonous to humans, their mouthparts are built for chewing. As such, a spider cricket may try to nibble your forearm, your finger or your bare leg.

Treatment For A Spider Cricket Bite

A faux bite such as this may not break your skin but it can still cause pain and irritation. If this is the case, a calamine lotion can soothe and an over the counter hydrocortisone cream can relieve any redness or itching that may develop.

If you find that spider cricket nibbling is becoming a nuisance, you need to remove the adult population of pests from your immediate environment.

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How To Get Rid Of Spider Crickets

Depending on your level of infestation, there is a range of strategies you can take in an effort to get rid of spider crickets. For smaller infestations, try these home remedies.

  1. Hoovering up the spider crickets will only temporarily get rid of those pests that you can see. There will be many more larvae, eggs and other adult crickets lurking in the shadows. This is only a short term measure, but it should be the initial approach to give you a baseline of infestation.
  2. It may sound silly, but if spider crickets are an ongoing problem, adopting a cat may be a long term remedy to your infestation. Felines are fascinated by the little critters and will hunt them in the same way they do with mice.
  3. Borax granules can be used carefully to kill spider crickets. They can be toxic to humans so must be used with care.
  4. Glue traps are perfect if you have the time to deploy them. These cardboard traps coated with glue will allow the adhesive to stop the spider cricket in its tracks. Non-toxic, these are ideal for a smaller infestation that you can manage on your own.

For larger infestations, professional help may be required. There’s nothing worse than allowing a problem to fester as it will make it more difficult to exterminate the pests. A licensed pest controller will do an assessment of your home and the sites that see spider cricket activity and come up with a plan to remove them from your home. This may require more than one treatment and will need you to follow a long term extermination plan.

Do’s and Don’ts of Spider Cricket Removal

You need to look at a few things when you are tackling this issue yourself. You want to be smart and savvy and not make things work. It’s important to look at the following checklist of dos and don’ts to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes:

FAQs About Spider Crickets

Are Spider Crickets Poisonous?

No, but they can still bite without breaking the skin causing pain.

Where do spider crickets live?

Spider crickets enjoy moist and damp conditions. As such, they can be found thriving in basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces. As they can survive for months without a food source, they can be difficult to exterminate.

When will I see spider crickets?

Spider crickets are active at night in the dark. Also known as cave crickets, these pests enjoy low light conditions and moist atmospheres. You may not see them in the daytime at all.

What is a spider cricket lifecycle?

Females will lay eggs in spring for them to hatch in April. These larvae then move to nymph stage over winter. They emerge in the warmer weather as young adults and will remain congregated together in their favored conditions.