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Dangerous red light district for camel crickets

Further refinements to my camel cricket control setup.  Addition of a red “party light” illuminates the whole area so that the motion sensor works much better — no more motion-sensing lights in the system, as per initial design.  Note: most insects don’t see red well, so it’s just dark to them.  Just dab a little food onto the surface of the motion sensor, and they will come.  And then they will go.  Last night I caught approximately 30 crickets.  While I slept.  And upon waking, I could check my iPhone for the update from the WeMo app (I have it say, “Crickets sucked” at each event). Details on how to make your own. Two photographs below were taken by a Belkin Netcam HD automatically, when motion was sensed.  Again, all while I slept.

Camel cricket vacuum

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Camel cricket

Photograph of a camel cricket in my basement. I’ve been spending a lot of quality time with them lately as I attempt to repair decaying mortar in my basement. There are sometimes thousands of them down there during the monsoon season here (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania). Because several people ask me about them every year, I decided to type up some thoughts on how to get rid of them. The thoughts are at “Getting rid of camel crickets,” if you’re interested.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Camel cricket

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