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Have you ever heard of a critter known as a spricket and wondered what it was? Spricket is one of many names used for the spider cricket. Other common names include camel cricket and cave cricket. Spider crickets have become common pests in households across the U.S. The experts at Six Brothers Pest Control can help you identify sprickets and prevent them from invading your house this fall.

 

Identification

Sprickets are mottled light to dark brown in color with dark brown bands on their legs. They look similar to other crickets, but with a few distinctions. First, they have a humpbacked appearance, hence the nickname camel cricket. They also have long legs like a spider, with the hind legs being especially long and enlarged. Sprickets are generally ½ to 1 ½ inches in length.

 

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Habitat

Sprickets prefer dark, damp places so common habitats include: caves, leaf litter, wells or drainage pipes, mulch, rotting logs, and under stones. During hot, dry times of the year, sprickets may become accidental invaders and enter homes. Indoors, they are often found in basements and crawl spaces. 

 

Problems Caused

Sprickets do not typically bite, and they do not pose a health threat, but they can become a nuisance because they like to congregate in large numbers. They can also damage clothing, wood, cardboard, plants, and fabrics with their powerful mandibles.

 

Prevention

If you want to keep sprickets out of your house, you just need to follow a few simple tips:

  • Seal the exterior of your home using caulk or expandable spray foam
  • Remove wood piles and other debris from your yard
  • Keep your basement dry, decluttered, and well-lit
  • Reduce moisture problems and consider using a dehumidifier, if necessary

 

If you need help controlling sprickets or any other household pest, contact the professionals at Six Brothers Pest Control. Our expert technicians, quality products, and 100% satisfaction guarantee will earn your business. For Las Vegas pest control, Salt Lake City pest control, and St. George pest control, you won’t find better than Six Brothers.