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Chirp and whine

by J.E. McReynolds 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 J.E. McReynolds
Opinion Editor
J.E. McReynolds is Opinion editor at The Oklahoman and has worked for the newspaper’s Opinion section since 1995. He joined The Oklahoman as business editor in 1985 and was previously managing editor of The Journal Record. A native Oklahoman,...
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