Having one camel cricket in your home is good luck, but having a whole colony of them is unpleasant, at best, and you will want to get them out of your home. These crickets aren't quite as charming as other species. They don't chirp, they have short, humped bodies and extra long legs. In fact, they look more like spiders than crickets, and if you have enough of them they might begin to eat your clothes. It's no wonder that you would like to bid them adieu. Here are some tips on how to get camel crickets out of your home.
The best way to get camel crickets out of your home is to not create ideal harbors for them. Camel crickets are only driven indoors by extremes in weather. They can't stand freezing winter temperatures or dry, hot summers. They prefer, cool, wet places like your basement or your crawl space. Don't let them into your home to begin with. Caulk all of the gaps around your windows, doors, siding, foundation and vents. Protect your house from the outside by installing weather stripping along the bottom of your house and keep mulch and ground cover at least 12 inches away. Ivy makes an especially good hiding spot for camel crickets, so don't let ivy grow on your house.
Catch camel crickets that are already indoors with sticky boards. Put them in your corners and behind your appliances. Camel crickets love to hide, so don't leave piles of boxes or clothes or stuff for them to hide in. Most importantly, remove the humidity from your rooms. This will drive camel crickets out because they need wet air and lots of moisture to survive. If you want to use an insecticide, you should spray it along your floorboards to prevent camel crickets from entering. Don't get too worried about camel crickets in your house, though. They can't breed indoors and will only stay until the extreme weather conditions that drove them in in the first place pass.