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Cave Cricket

  • Scientific Name: Ceuthophilus spp.
  • Nicknames: Sprickets, Camel Crickets, Spider Crickets
  • Length: 0.39" - 2"
  • Color: Black with a Strong Red Accent
  • Aggressive? No
  • Do They Bite? No
  • Poisonous/Venomous? No
  • Disease Carrying? No
  • Invasive Species? Yes

The Cave Cricket

Cave crickets, also known as camel crickets and spider crickets, belong to the Family Rhaphidophoridae. As their name implies, these crickets are commonly found in caves, although some species also dwell in cool, damp areas such as beneath rotten logs, damp leaves, stones, crawl spaces and basement areas.

Cave crickets are wingless, are brown in color and may measure up to one inch in length. They have large hind legs and a set of long antennae, which serve as guides through their darkened environments. The cave cricket's long limbs enable them to jump high and far. The bodies of these crickets are bent forward and appear to be humped at the back. Many cave cricket species live without sufficient food sources. Some species of cave cricket have been known to damage clothing and curtains when they invaded homes.

Cave crickets seldom invade homes although some do move inside when their environment becomes too hot and dry. They are not usually capable of reproducing outside of their native habitats and rarely find indoor locations that are dark and damp enough to suit them.

Living Spaces

Crawl Spaces, Cellars, Basements

Diet Choices


Fun Fact

These crickets are normally found in caves or dark damp areas!

How Do We Remove Them?

One of the pest management experts at McMahon Exterminating will visit your home and provide a proper assessment and ID the bugs that are infesting your home or property to better understand the type of insects or pests that they are dealing with to properly coordinate a plan that will work best for you.

We help educate the customer on things that they might be able to do to help deter the pests as well, and will try to prevent this from becoming a reocurring infestation.

The treatment will begin and we will monitor the situtaion closely to make sure that the numbers are being depleted in the area. We want to try to deter the insects from coming to your area as opposed to just chemically treating them, as that will only be a short term solution for you but ith McMahon's C.A.N. initiative and our three easy steps — Canvas the area, Act on those results, and Negate re-entry for the pest, we can work to getting your home to pest free status.