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Old 10-14-2008, 02:06 PM
 
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I have these weird looking crickets getting in my house and garage that I have never seen before living in VA Beach. What are they ??? They are striped, kind of a tan/yellowy/reddish color with darker stripes, and it's creeping me out!! Definately not your garden variety black cricket.
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:04 PM
 
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I'm not sure , but these sound like what some people call "spider crickets" or "cave crickets". I worked with a lady that went camping in an area of Kentucky with lots of caves and came home with these in her camper...had em ever since. I've also heard they like to live in dark basements. Creepy looking I think!
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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I have them in my garage too. They have long arched back legs. Never seen such before until I moved into my house.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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They're just crickets..southern style I guess. There are also the hump back crickets. Harmless little critters. :-)
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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Southern style crickets.....I like that ! They sound kinda classy!
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Southern style crickets.....I like that ! They sound kinda classy!
Thought you'd like that!
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Run-down tree house in Virginia Beach
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Great... Now I'm thinking of a cricket that talks like Foghorn Leghorn. "I say, sir... I say, that's no way to treat a cricket! Why, you could hurt someone with that shoe. *splat*"
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Old 10-16-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I had a pet cricket when I was a very wee child. He lived under the refrigerator and I called him "Herman." Yes, one day Herman didn't come out and I was very upset. My mother told me he had found a wife and moved to another refrigerator somewhere. Later in life, I found out my Dad had stepped on him, and after my mother told him it had been my pet, well...you know the rest of the story. :-(
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Look like this?

They're pretty common in crawl spaces and basements. Aside from being a bit creepy, they're harmless.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:12 PM
 
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It's probably the cricket pictured above.

They (cave crickets..thats what I call them anyway) only live in temperate regions to my understanding (throughout Virginia, for example) and are usually out in fall/winter..not spring or summer so much.

They eat synthetics and bugs I assume. They hang out in dark areas like garages, basements, porches, etc. They jump high and are not cute, but they are 100% harmless. I guess they get a bad wrap because of their looks. Poor things.
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