Cricket invasion

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

A well-known insect is making its annual debut a bit early this year and in mass numbers. They're a familiar face during warm weather, but crickets are here earlier than usual.

"Around the house, in the garage, in the house you don't know where they get in but they're in there," said Alvin Franklin, who has been dealing with crickets.

Crickets usually lay their eggs in September and come out in the fall, said exterminator Charles Nunley.

Because of recent rain they laid their eggs early this year. Crickets usually lay their eggs in batches of about two thousand.

"They're actually reproducing faster right now because of the rain and the moisture," Nunley said.

These insects are attracted to light, which is why you'll see them in droves near buildings.

"In the bathroom, they're there. In the bedroom, they're there," Franklin said.
Franklin sprays around his house to make these pesky critters scatter, but ends up using more traditional methods.

"A big foot gets a lot of them."

They are other steps to take to keep the crickets at bay: keep the grass down, change your lighting to a yellow bulb or an ultraviolet light bulb, or just cut the lights off altogether.

For an insect that is covered in chocolate and eaten in some cultures, considered good luck in others, it’s only just starting to peek its head in Texoma.

"They lay their eggs in the fall and come out that when they've really get to starting taking off. And we're not even close to fall so get ready."

Exterminators say there are sprays and powders out there that you can use, or you can have your property treated professionally.


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