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Moist year spurs lots of crickets

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Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:04 am

Spry critters have dominated Madison County as of late, and their booming population may be a price of one this year’s good fortunes.

As summer 2012 rolls along, residents of the County and the surrounding area have seen increasing numbers of crickets popping up and making their presence known. The insects have been more prevalent on pavements such as sidewalks and roads.

“They like the concrete,” Lance Ferguson of Frontier Pest Control said. “A lot of it has to do with soil type. The looser the soil, the better they do, especially if they’ve got concrete above them.”

Shivco Termite & Pest Control reported a higher call volume as it relates to crickets. Frontier also said the calls have increased in some parts of their coverage.

“(Crickets are) really attracted to the cracks and crevices of concrete, porches and patios,” Ferguson said. “This is the year where it pays to have a house on blocks.”

The Frontier owner says he’s had calls for grasshoppers and June bugs as well. If someone finds they have such insects amassing, there are some options.

“Crickets are just like June bugs,” Ferguson said. “When they pile up and they start stinking, you either have to shovel them off or you can put a little lime on them that you can get at a feed store and that will dry them up and take the smell away at least.”

There are also bait traps that residents can buy, but Ferguson advises on putting them on the outskirts of one’s property so that crickets are drawn away from a house.

As for the cause of infestation, Ferguson points to the moisture that Madison County has experienced since last summer. Crickets are drawn to wet conditions, but the County and much of Texas suffered lack of rainfall in recent years that contributed to severe droughts. Although humans welcome recent wet weather, the stabilizing environment is welcomed by smaller beings as well.

“Here we are in July and we’ve got green grass,” Ferguson said. “For the past 10-year period, it’s kind of uncommon for our area. So yeah, (crickets) are thriving.”

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