Subject: What Bug Is This? Camel Cricket?
Location: Northern NJ
December 17, 2012 10:27 am
I keep finding these in my ground-floor garden-style apartment in Northern NJ. They are big – easily 2-3 inches in length, and FAST. They are very resistant to bug spray/hard to kill. Windows and doors are tightly sealed so I do not know how these SCARY looking bugs are getting in. From looking on your site, it looks like it might be a Camel Cricket, but I am not sure.
You are correct. This is a Camel Cricket. They are often found in basements and other damp, dark locations. According to BugGuide: “Most are omnivorous and will feed on most anything organic. Many (if not most) will catch and eat other smaller animals when they can. In houses may chew on paper products, occasionally fabric.”