You’re probably familiar with the field cricket and its chirping reminiscent of a warm summer day. But there’s another member of this insect family that lives in New Jersey: the jumping spider cricket, also known as a cave cricket. As their name suggests, these pests live in warm and humid environments including wetlands, shorelines, and even your basement.
This name is something of a misnomer since it is an insect with six legs and not an arachnid with eight. The jumping spider cricket has an odd shape with a hunchback which is why some people call them camel crickets. They differ from the familiar species in several key ways.
They cannot fly nor do they chirp. The crickets don’t bite or sting either. They don’t have wings, but they do have long antennae to help them get around in the dark when they’re most active. However, they can jump surprisingly long distances, hence, its appropriate name. Some use it as a defense mechanism to scare off a potential predator.
Jumping spider crickets prefer the cool, moist environment of caves and similar places. You may see them in woodpiles, mulch, or dense vegetation. They are omnivorous which means they eat just about anything whether its plants, decaying organic material, and even other insects.
The insect is larger than many species which makes them appear more frightening than they are. However, an infestation is not without its costs and inconveniences.
While not as destructive as termites, jumping spider crickets are nevertheless a nuisance. They’re not picky eaters, making your garden plants, paper products, and even fabrics vulnerable to damage. They’re also messy, staining surfaces with their unsightly guano.
You may see signs of their presence or the insects themselves if your basement or garage is dimly lit. They often will hang on flat surfaces such as walls. They aren’t afraid of humans, but they prefer places where there is less activity.
And as long as your home provides a reliable food source with the conditions they like, you’ll continue to have an infestation problem and all its associated unpleasantness.
Jumping spider crickets aren’t much different than other pests of its ilk. If there’s a way to get in, they will take advantage of it. Gaps under exterior doors, foundation damage, and clogged drain pipes all present ways for them to get inside of your home. However, those aren’t the only ways. Tall grass, thick vegetation, and shrubbery all provide safe passage to get into your house.
The insects can also gain entry through open windows or doors. Some may hitchhike on the things you bring into your yard or house. Fortunately, their large size makes them easy to spot—and eliminate.
Spring is prime time for jumping spiders. That’s when the female will deposit her eggs in the preferred habitat. Like any young creature, the larvae are vulnerable and must have a reliable food source to see them through development. That occurs quickly with this species.
Spring flooding that often occurs in this state may also spur a move to your basement, especially if it’s dark and damp. The best way to get rid of them is to call in the professionals. Our team at PermaKill Exterminating has the knowledge and the experience to help.
PermaKill's Home Protection Plan includes three visits to ensure year-round extermination and prevention. Often, it’s difficult to pinpoint where the jumping spiders are finding their way inside your home. That’s why your solution will begin with a thorough inspection of the structures and grounds on your property.
Ensuring that all points of entry are sealed is the first step. Our certified technicians will offer additional suggestions based on your situation. It may involve tasks such as:
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