Infestation of camel crickets

When it’s too hot to take photographs outside, I can always go down to my basement to photograph camel crickets (“sprickets” to many). I know, lucky me. But if you have a moist basement, you probably have them, too. The ones below are the introduced species (I think), Diestrammena asynamora, from Asia. They drive me nuts. So much so that I wasted time collecting ways to get rid of them (see my page, “Getting rid of camel crickets“, if you’re interested). The list is not 100% effective, as photographs attest, but at least I don’t have thousands of them anymore.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Camel cricket (Diestrammena asynamora)

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Camel cricket (Diestrammena asynamora)

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Camel cricket (Diestrammena asynamora)

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Camel cricket (Diestrammena asynamora)

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Camel cricket (Diestrammena asynamora)

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Camel cricket (Diestrammena asynamora)

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Camel cricket (Diestrammena asynamora)

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3 Responses to Infestation of camel crickets

  1. Ashley says:

    The website won’t let me comment on your other post, “Getting rid of camel crickets”. So, I’m leaving my post here. I just wanted to thank you for the humor. I really don’t mind any bugs. I let house spiders live (until my mother announces that she’s coming for a visit) to keep the population of these other pests away naturally and guilt-free for my conscience. However, these camel crickets might be the death of me. At first, they were only in our garage. So, I’d turn the light on, make sure the path to the car is cricket free, and make a mad dash, diving in and slamming the door. Then, these creepers migrated into the basement. I find them occasionally when I’m doing laundry. And, most recently, I have found a couple in one of our upstairs bathrooms. I’ve been able to deal with the startling, screaming, and avoiding the area until my husband gets home to smash them with something (typically, a shoe) until now. I’ve seriously ran out of the bathroom (mid-use, if you know what I mean); I’ve tripped over clothes baskets trying to get out of the laundry room fast enough, and I’ve nearly fallen down the stairs on a few occasions. No biggie before… but now, I’m pregnant. I’m deathly afraid of these virtually harmless creatures, but I can not get rid of them. I’m counting down the days till we move out of here, but we’ve got a few more months. We already have a “bug guy”, whom our landlord pays to come and spray around the exterior once a month, but it seems pointless. We also have 3 dogs and a cat… all worthless. They don’t even get concerned when I scream anymore. I’ve tried the chemical type traps and dog/cat food traps, which worked at first, but I think those little a-holes are onto me now.

  2. Hello Colin,
    Not sure if I posted correctly the last time, but I tried the food on duct tape trick as well as the water. When I checked the next day, all the food was gone and not one beast was there…I wonder if I just fed mice..? Perhaps the mice being heavier were able to get off the tape.

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