Crickets invade the metro

Crickets seem to be taking over the metro.

It's a little bug, with a big voice. That doesn't travel lightly. This time of year Oklahoma sees a massive influx of crickets but this year experts predict the sooner state will see more than usual.

"Late august, September is when we expect to see the peak populations of them. After two years of it being dry then the past two months of being wet we're expecting it to be bad this year," said Ray Ridlen, an educator in agriculture and horticulture at OSU Extension.

Ridlen said the drought caused cracks in the ground for crickets to lay their eggs but the recent moisture helped those eggs hatch.

"They like to hang out in the daytime in damp, shady cool areas

Ridlen said the bugs are also attracted to bright lights.

"If you could not have outdoor lights or turn your lights on at night. If you want to see a big population of them go to a gas station at night and you'll see them around the gas pumps attracted to the lights."
Ridlen says the bugs are harmless, "Just annoying at 2:00 in the morning," and will disappear with the first freeze.