Long, brown, hard shell bug that jumps

Question: Hi,  I found a bug that is brown hard shell long and it jumps what could it be? Do cockroaches jump?

ANSWER  Probably what you have found are common camel crickets (sometimes called cave crickets).  These insects have become pests in recent years.  They look a bit strange with their long antennae, large hind legs, and absence of wings, but they are crickets (no chirping, though; something to be thankful for).

Camel crickets live in dark and moist areas, and are often found in basements, crawlspaces, and garages.  They don’t do any significant damage to household materials, they feed on fresh and dead plant material; but they can be a nuisance by their habit of forming large aggregations, and surprising the unsuspecting homeowner when they move a box or get into the crawl space under the house.

The best control would be to remove as much of the stuff they use to hide in, then maybe a general spraying with a garden insecticide of the infested sites.  The garden supply store may have an insecticide bait for crickets.  Try to close up the entrances so new problems can’t develop in the future.

Sometimes, you can try using some cockroach bait stations (plastic) or cockroach gel bait where you think they are resting.

illustration of camel cricket
camel cricket illustration

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  • Question: How do I lure crickets out of their hiding places (I can hear them) so I can kill them?ANSWER: The local Branch office can tell you about how long the treatment will take to get control. The best control would be to remove as much of the stuff they use to hide in, then maybe a general spraying with a garden insecticide of the infested sites. You can also try using the gel formulation available as cockroach baits, place small to large amounts of this gel where the crickets have been seen.
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  • Question: How do I lure crickets out of their hiding places (I can hear them) so I can kill them?ANSWER: You can try using some cockroach bait stations (plastic) or cockroach gel bait where you think they are resting.
  • Question: We have spider crickets/camelback crickets in our basement that occasionally find their way to the first floor of our house. Needless to say, I want to get rid of them! Do you have any tips or can you give me a quote of how much it would cost for you all to come and spray?ANSWER: The best control would be to remove as much of the stuff they use to hide in. You can also try using the gel formulation available as cockroach baits, place small to large amounts of this gel where the crickets have been seen.

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