Recently, the TN pest control professionals at All-American have been receiving a lot of phone calls about camel crickets. People have been seeing them in their basements, bathrooms and other cool and damp areas inside the home. What is with these pests and why are they in our homes this time of year? The Tennessee pest control pros at All-American answer some of your questions about camel crickets in your home.
Why are camel crickets in my home? These crickets (also called cave crickets) are in your home looking for food and a safe, moist place to lay their eggs. They enjoy dark and damp areas that stay undisturbed, so you may find them in your basement or even under your bathroom sink. When they are in your home, they have been known to feed on fungi that grow on damp basement walls; they may also feed on carpeting, paper, cardboard and even wood!
Are camel crickets dangerous? No, camel crickets are not dangerous. They are not known for spreading diseases and although a camel cricket bite is possible, they find it difficult to pierce human skin. These pests are mostly a nuisance; they make people feel uncomfortable in their own homes and can become a problem when they invade in large numbers.
Can I get rid of them on my own? Camel crickets are often a pest that is quite challenging to get rid of on your own. If you don’t eliminate the entry areas and the environments that attract these pests, no amount of sticky traps will eliminate the problem. A pest control professional can assess the situation and offer effective solutions to eliminate the environments that invite these pests and help keep them from returning.
If you’ve been seeing a camel cricket problem in your home, by all means give us a call! Our professionals are trained at effective camel cricket control solutions and we can be with you quickly, sometimes in less than 24 hours! Along with control for camel crickets and other occasional invaders, we offer pest control for bed bugs, cockroaches, termites, rodents and other annoying insects that may have entered your TN home. Contact All-American today for more information on the control services available and to schedule your first inspection with our trained and experienced pest control professionals.