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RVC Residents Sound Off on Camel Crickets

Recent Facebook post yields several ways to get rid of any infestation.

We recently asked fans on the Rockville Centre Patch Facebook page if anyone else had the pictured critter (camel crickets) hopping around their basement. If so, we then asked if anyone had any success getting rid of them.

More than fifty responses later, we had a pretty good idea of how to get rid of the pesky, and almost always noisy, critters.

Glue traps were the No. 1 answer with several other suggestions coming in. Read the following tips from RVC residents below and feel free to list your own in the comment section.

  • Lisa Gundersen Umansky: I caulked all pipes leading into the house from the outside. (caulked inside too where i could) They like moisture and hang out by the outside spigots. Helped tremendously!
  • Mark Vanco: Hardware store on Merrick rd in Rvc off of park Ave or ace have cricket sticky traps. They are the best. But yes moisture is the culprit.
  • Tom Mulroy: Diatomaceous Earth will handle anything with an exoskeleton. Ants, beetles, etc. I use it for Japanese beetles in the garden. It's not-toxic for Humans, it's used in grain silos for pest control, so you have been ingesting it your entire life already.
  • Donna Russo Rubino: I use a company called Alternative Earth Care, (based in Commack/Northport) they use a garlic spray and I have maybe one or 2, if that... My house may smell like a italian deli for a bit, but I use it to cook anyway :)
  • Mike Farrell: a big shoe
Jill October 09, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I have tons in my basement. Glue traps work well
opinion-ated October 11, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Moisture?? I think something else caused them to become unearthed.... It all started about 5 years ago ....maybe construction of soccer fields?? How can entire town have moisture issues??
Anthony October 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
You realize you live on an ISLAND?!? If you don't realize that then maybe you would understand that you live on a body of land surrounded by water. Water which is a prime "ingredient" for moisture...
Jane Colgan October 13, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Your neighbors in Lynbrook are sharing your cricket infestation. BIG TIME! When planful, I use DUCT TAPE. Stretch it out, face up, along the baseboards...you'll be amazed and horrified when you see the "catch.". There are other moments, however, when I, less calm, less serene, and admittedly a little less sane, grab the first long handled implement at my disposal ... be it broom .... floor mop... vacuum .... hunk of 2x4.... and beat those suckers into a yucky pulp with all my might. Spent & exhausted or disgusted by the hordes now stuck and twitching on the tape, I am left stuck and twitching in MY basement with all their corpses reminding me that I am not alone. Now what? P.S. I will say that as much as I deplore these creatures, they're not as destructive as the squirrels who seem to love my sweet home .... nor as hefty as the 44 lb. raccoon once removed from my attic. There are always things to be grateful for.

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