Kicker: A plague in Texas


NICK EICHER, HOST: Some people in San Antonio, Texas are calling it a “plague.” People are busy sweeping crickets the way northerners shovel winter snow. 

An invasion of crickets is swarming lawns and sidewalks all over the city and slipping into homes and businesses. 

So, what do you do about it?!

KENS tv asked an entomologist—Why not just use pesticides?

AUDIO: Because they’ll start to die and pile on top of each other, and then they start to smell. And when you see them in these numbers of thousands and thousands, that smell’s pretty significant.

Actually, agriculture experts say the cricket swarm is not really an invasion because the insects are not new arrivals. It’s just that the weather conditions have been ideal: rain and cool after a dry summer.

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(Vernon Bryant/Staff Photographer, Dallas News) Crickets crowd together in front of a building in downtown Dallas.

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