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Chirp and whine

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm •  Published: August 31, 2012

If only crickets could eat a lot of mosquitoes.

Blame the mild winter on two outbreaks, one of West Nile virus transmitted by mosquito bites and the other of crickets.

The cricket explosion is blamed on ideal breeding conditions for crickets and less-than-ideal breeding conditions for the insect’s natural predators. Mosquitoes need water for breeding but not for living or for biting. The hot weather has actually spurred their development; it won’t stop until freezing temperatures hit.

West Nile symptoms typically start appearing three or more days after the bite from a carrying insect. The virus has taken the lives of five Oklahomans so far this season. Being forewarned means protecting your forearms and other body parts from mosquito bites as summer rolls into fall.

As for the crickets, they’re a nuisance but at least they don’t foster a dread disease.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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