WEIRD BUGS IN NC STATE

I live in North Carolina, the South. We have a lot of weird bugs and critters down here, but today I saw something I have never seen before!
I run a small CAD (Computer Aided Design) Drafting & Design Business from my home. I specialize in Fire Alarm System Design, and converting Hand Drawings to CAD format. When work is slow I help a friend build decks, paint, and do minor carpentry work. Since I'm the "helper", I get to do the dirty work, like crawl under the house!
If you have any experience building decks, you know that the deck has to be secured to the house with bolts, which means someone (me) has to crawl under the house to stick the bolts through the holes. Down here in NC, we don't have basements, we have Crawl Spaces. Most of the time you have to crawl around on your hands and knees, but sometimes you get lucky and find a house that you can walk under part of it.
I'm pretty brave, but you don't just crawl around under a house down here in the South, you crawl around slowly and cautiously because poisonous snakes and other critters like spiders, also crawl around under houses. When crawling under houses located in the country, you look for Copperheads, Rattle Snakes, and Cottonmouths. If your working near lakes you look for Water Moccasins. These snakes are aggressive, they will chase you, and yes the myth is true; they bite under water! The Spiders you have to watch out for are Black Widows (which I have been bitten by), and the dreaded Brown Recluse, whose venom is so toxic, the bite rots the skin making an ugly hole.
As I crawled my way under the house to put a washer and nut on the bolts, I started seeing all these really weird looking bugs, big bugs! At first I thought they were spiders because they have round bodies and big legs like a spider, but as I shined my flash light on them, I realized they weren't spiders at all, but some sort of a Cricket! They really freaked me out!
Does anyone know what these things are? My buddy and I think they may be some new Species, or maybe even a Mutation.
Thanks.
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Maybe the weird bugs you saw were John Kerry, Terry Mac califfe, The forehead Bagalla, and the ball headed James Carville.

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James Carville's head/face remind me more of a large penis, circumcised, of course
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On 11 Sep 2004 07:34:46 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (Don Kaminska) wrote:
:) As I crawled my way under the house to put a washer and nut on the :) bolts, I started seeing all these really weird looking bugs, big bugs! :) At first I thought they were spiders because they have round bodies :) and big legs like a spider, but as I shined my flash light on them, I :) realized they weren't spiders at all, but some sort of a Cricket! They :) really freaked me out! :) :) Does anyone know what these things are? My buddy and I think they may :) be some new Species, or maybe even a Mutation.
Probably Camel crickets...I too kthese pics last March.
http://www.arrow-pestcontrol.com/camel1.JPG
http://www.arrow-pestcontrol.com/camel4.JPG
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
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Why don't you take a digital photo and post it on an entymology newsgroup, or contact your nearest university and e-mail a photo to one of the entymology professors. I have enlisted the help of local professors from our local U in the past, and they were more than happy to help with small personal questions. Or thirdly, e-mail your local pest control guy.

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On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 13:48:29 -0500, "Wayne"

Check with:
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu /
for a local office of the Cooperative Extension click on your county at
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/counties /
Call them and describe the insect or bring one in to your county's office.
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (Don Kaminska) wrote in message

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entweb.clemson.edu/cuentres/cesheets/hhold/ce190.htm
is a good source of info. You may have found camel crickets. TB
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Sounds like a Jerusalem Cricket. Is this it?
http://kaweahoaks.com/html/jerusalem_cricket.html

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I have seen the crickets you are talking about. I don't know what the name of them are but they do look a bit like a spider at first and the tend to have a whole bunch of them whereever they are. We had a whole bunch of them under the house I lived in during college in Chapel Hill. We used one of those bug bomb sprays to get rid of them. They didn't really hurt anything except for being creepy. Maybe they can be used for fishing bait.

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Thjey are crickets as far as I know. They are very common in crawl spaces around the south.
Steve B.
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Are they camel crickets?
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/ccamelcr.html
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They maybe either John Kerry, or James Carville bugs.
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