What are these Spider Crickets? Ocean County Exterminator Shares the Scoop


Ocean county Exterminator Explains Spider Cricket

Ocean County Exterminator shines the spotlight on these strange bugs

As an Ocean County Exterminator, every season tends to bring out a new hot topic and this fall is no exception. The most popular description used to describe the latest annoying bug in NJ is cricket spiders. They look like a transformer that is half spider and half cricket.

Many in the pest control community refer to them as Cave Crickets. The name originates from where they tend to hang out, in dark areas. This time of year they call home any dark moist environments such as basements, crawl spaces and garages. They are fairly harmless, although for some homeowners, the anxiety is more than they can bear. Here we will try to alleviate some of your fears by sharing some interesting tidbits and facts  about NJ Cave Crickets.


Point of Entry

These hopping fools are welcomed in through many access points of your house at various stages. Many are able to slip through the cracks of the garage such as slightly ajar garage doors. Even if you open the garage on a nice weekend to clean it out, a handful can hop in and hide very quickly. They will also camouflage themselves in leaves and hop through front doors without detection. Typically they find an access way through any cracks or crevices in the house.

What’s for Dinner?

What do they eat? During this time of year, when food is scarce, they tend to feed on themselves. That’s right, you have read that correctly. They are not inside your home seeking food, because they are the food.  Gross, right? Well the good news is that Cave Crickets are not looking to feed off of humans. They will eat their own extremities because they have the ability to regenerate them.

Interesting Facts

They are fairly blind but have a heightened sensitivity to touch. If you have ever had the pleasure of accidentally touching one, you have probably seen their senses in action. When touched, it will begin to hop wildly in many directions much like a child’s bouncy ball, it will ping randomly from left to right and up and down. This is generally what causes alarm and fright for most people. Many homeowners are scared of things that fly or hop at the, which is totally understandable.  However as a reputable  Ocean County Exterminator, it is our job to inform you of the harmful versus harmless pests” and this one is generally harmless. This may not be enough to remove your anxiety, but we thought that perhaps if you knew WHY they hopped like that (because they are scared and mostly blind)  then perhaps it will not seem so scary after all.

Home Sweet Home

They generally hide in dark areas, inside and behind things in the basement and garage. Why are they there? The answer is pretty simple, they are hiding. They are protecting themselves from becoming a food source to others such as birds, spiders and larger predators. They tend to gravitate towards dampness, so it is not uncommon to find them in lower level bathrooms positioned on the exterior wall of a home.

Prevention Tips

There are some very simple tips and tricks that will help to keep these guys out of your home, although sometimes not always effective once they are already inside. Try to eliminate moisture by using a dehumidifier in the areas that need it most. Be sure to secure and close all windows and doors and seal any cracks or small openings. Clean out and sweep areas that are heavily cluttered and remove any that come across. Most times they will hop fast and far, giving you the ability to sweep them in the direction of your choosing, without ever having to touch them with your hands.

Above All Termite and Pest Control is comprised of an experienced team of professionals equipped to handle the elimination of “spider crickets”.  We have specific techniques and applications designed to deter these creepy jumpers. We will kill the bugs in your home and not your budget.

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  • Atlantic County
  • Monmouth County
  • Middlesex County
  • Mercer County

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