Crickets Creep Into KELOLAND
August 11, 2010, 5:12 PM
SIOUX FALLS, SD -
You've heard about the mosquitoes, the dragonflies, earwigs and grubs. Now crickets have come to KELOLAND. You may see and hear a lot of them, but you shouldn't be too concerned.
Their arrival may seem sudden, but the crickets are right on time.
"This is usually about the time of year when they come out. It can vary by a couple of weeks," Justin Bosma of P&K Pest Control said.
Homes and businesses in KELOLAND are seeing thousands of crickets now, and they're literally crawling up the walls.
This summer's wet weather is probably the reason you're seeing so many.
"We haven't had them for the last few years, but this year they're just going gangbusters," Bosma said.
"There probably are a few more this year because of the moisture. They like moisture and they've got lots of it this year, so it's helping the young live, so we've got more ages living. So there might be more insects on the cricket side than usual," Minnehaha County Extension Educator Larry Wagner said.
Unlike other bugs, crickets aren't a health concern and they don't damage your home.
"The main thing is the noise they make. It can keep us up at night, because that's when they're active," Wagner said.
But the pests still pose a problem if they get inside.
"A lot of people don't realize what crickets eat and what they can feed on. They like all kinds of fabric - nylons, silk, furs. They'll even eat the glue out of the binding of books," Wagner said.
That's why people are safeguarding their homes and businesses, trying to keep the crowd of crickets outside.
"They're just kind of starting, but I think in the next couple of weeks, they're going to get a lot worse," Bosma said.
That means you won't stop hearing the crickets chirp anytime soon.
If you find crickets inside, you should check to see where they're getting in because that might leave your home vulnerable to other insects. To avoid a cricket problem, P&K Pest Control says you can seal up any gaps you find, check to make sure your weather stripping isn't letting anything in and keep your lawn cut short. You can also help by trimming bushes away from your house.
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