Cave Cricket Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from cave crickets by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Family Rhaphidophoridae
5 cm
Large hind legs & long antennae
Humped body


How do I get rid of cave crickets?

What You Can Do

Your pest management professional (PMP) will offer advice to help manage these pests. Homeowners should fix poor ventilation and maintain lawns to avoid cave cricket problems. For existing infestations, it is important to locate and eliminate all possible breeding conditions. Piles of damp wood or leaves in or surrounding the structure should be removed. The basement or crawlspace should be kept ventilated and dry. Placing screens on crawlspace vents and basement windows can also help to keep these crickets out.

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage giant desert centipedes and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique cricket treatment program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep giant desert centipedes in their place…out of your home, or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Cave Crickets


  • Size: Their bodies, not including legs, can measure up to 5 cm in length in some species.

  • Color: Cave crickets are brown in color. Sand treader cave crickets are pale in comparison to other species.

  • Legs: They have large hind legs and a set of long antennae, which serve as guides through their darkened environments. Their long limbs enable them to jump high and far.

  • Body: Their bodies are bent forward and appear to be humped at the back, which is why they are sometimes called camel crickets (they are also referred to as spider crickets). They do not have wings.


As their name implies, these crickets are commonly found in caves, although some species also dwell in other cool, damp areas such as beneath:

  • Damp leaves

  • Rotten logs

  • Stones

Other species require highly specialized environments. Sand Treader cave crickets are found only in sand dunes, where they burrow by day and are active at night.


Many cave cricket species live without sufficient food sources. Their diet can include:

  • Animal products

  • Fabrics

  • Plants

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