Walking through the heart of the University of Oklahoma campus, Jordan Williams makes his way to class while stomping the guts out of every cricket in his path.
Little does he know that he's creating a delicious feast for the fallen crickets' brethren to clean up.
“They are everywhere out here,” Williams said. “I'm not even trying to step on them, there are just that many.”
Williams said everywhere he's been this past week he has seen the bugs gathered in corners, plastered all over walls and sneaking their way inside.
“It feels like they are taking over,” Williams said. “They were coming through the air ducts in my apartment and they smell disgusting.”
This is Cricket Infestation 2013.
Large groupings of the chirping bug have been reported in nearly every county, Oklahoma State University entomologist Rick Grantham said.
What's causing the sudden influx of these noisy insects? No, it's not a biblical plague; Grantham said it's just that time of the year.
“Crickets tend to explode in population around this time of the year,” he said. “The nymphs from three or four months ago are now adults. The weather is also ideal right now as crickets love hot and dry spells.”
Grantham said if you kill a cricket, it's best to clean it up as other crickets are known to eat their dead.
“You better sweep up after,” Grantham said. “Otherwise you will just have more of them.”
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