Camel Crickets or Cave Cricket or Crawl space spiders
Throughout the past month, the state of Georgia has been dealing with unusually high temperatures, and it is expected that the coming months will continue this trend. While some may rejoice at this news, others are hopeful that cold weather will come soon.
But there’s a catch.
When it comes to pest activity, unusual variations in temperature can cause problems for homeowners. Pests that might otherwise stay far away will seek out shelter in homes to escape the unusually warm temperature. One such pest, the camel cricket, can be a nuisance for homeowners.
Camel crickets, or cave crickets as they are sometimes known, are brown, wingless crickets that grow to around 5 cm in length. Like most cricket species, they have large back legs, which they use for jumping, and long antenna. Camel crickets require a very specific environment to live, and prefer areas with high levels of moisture and cool temperatures. For this reason, they are often found beneath piles or debris or in crevices. Due to their reclusive nature, it is rare to encounter them in the wild.
So why do they matter to you?
When temperatures are above average, the environment that camel crickets are residing in may become unlivable for them. In such instances, they will seek out new shelter, and this can lead them into homes.
Camel crickets seek out parts of the home that mimic the conditions they prefer in the wild. This means they will often take up residence in areas such as crawlspaces, ventilation, or in basements. Because they can go long periods of time without food, it is possible for them to remain hidden in your home without you being aware.
Camel crickets usually do not reproduce outside of ideal conditions, but if they do they can establish a population in your home. While they are normally not destructive themselves, they can sometimes lead predatory pests such as scorpions and spiders into your home by acting as a food source.
The fact is no homeowner wants to deal with crickets or any other pest roaming around their home. If you suspect that camel crickets are active in your home, you might want to call in a licensed pest control company to inspect your property and identify any signs of pest activity.
At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating pests of all kinds. Our technicians are trained professionals, and we begin each treatment with a thorough inspection. We use information gathered from the inspection as well as guidance from our in-house pest experts to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems!
So if you are dealing with crickets, or any other pest, call us today at 770-479-1598!
Here’s to YOU living pest free!
There are a variety of species of spiders that can plague homes here in Georgia. Most people are aware of some of the more infamous species that are native to the United States such as the black widow and brown recluse. However, one lesser known species that can cause problems for homeowners is the brown widow.
Sometimes known as the house button spider, the brown widow is a “cousin” to the black widow. It is a fairly small spider, and has a tan-brown body coloration and can be identified by an orange “hourglass” mark on the bottom of the abdomen, similar of those of other widow spiders. The brown widow can also be distinguished by a unique black and white pattern on the upper abdomen.
Brown widows prefer warm and humid environments, which makes the southeastern United States an ideal climate for the spider. The brown widow spider has no defined active seasons, and can be found in and around the homes at any time during the year.
When they enter into your home, brown widows will often establish themselves in dark, secluded spaces. Areas like the insides of closets, beneath eaves and rafters, and underneath debris are all common places for brown widows. Once they have found an ideal hiding area, female brown widows will lay egg sacs. These eggs sacs are large with creamy white coloration. They can be most easily identified by the sharp protrusions covering the surface of the sac. The egg sacs can hold over 100 eggs, and after a short time period the new spiderlings will hatch and spread out around the nearby area. This can create problems when the spiders have established themselves indoors because the young spiders can move further into the home seeking prey and shelter.
While brown widows can be dangerous, they are sometimes beneficial due to their role in reducing the populations of other pest insects such as wasps. For this reason, if a brown widow is not in an area where it could pose a threat, it is better that they be left undisturbed.
If you have identified a brown widow infestation, it is important to be extremely cautious when approaching the spiders. While brown widows are not as aggressive as the black widow, they will still bite anything that threatens them or disturbs their eggs.
The bite of the brown widow contains venom of the same toxicity level as black widow venom. However, the brown widow delivers a much smaller dosage of venom per bite, and therefore is less dangerous. Despite the lower quantity of venom, the bite from the brown widow still shows similar symptoms to the black widow bite such as nausea, muscle spasms, and substantial pain around the bite area.
The best way to remain safe from brown widow bites is to maintain proper precaution while in areas where they commonly nest. Avoid reaching into areas with no visibility, and use gloves to protect hands and wrists from bites. Due to the danger posed by brown widow bites, it can often be best to call in a professional service to deal with an infestation inside of your home.
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience dealing with pests and wildlife of all kinds. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify the source of any issues as well as any conditions that could be conducive for future infestation, and finally offer you the best treatment options to resolve your pest problems once and for all!
So if you are dealing with brown widow spiders, or simply have a question about any pest, call us today at 770-479-1598!
Here’s to YOU living PEST FREE!