How to Combat Green Country's Cricket Invasion

Picture is courtesy of a Channel 8 viewer.

Crickets seem to be out in droves around Green Country-- and viewers said they are just as much of a nuisance as ever.

OSU Extension Educator Brian Jervis said the crickets in the area were at their worst numbers last year around the time of the Tulsa State Fair. They appear to be out in droves slightly earlier this year. Jervis said 2013's mild weather could have affected that.

"I think we are going to see a little more before it gets any better," Jervis said.

Students at Rogers State University said the critters are all over campus and are generating a lot of chatter.

"They're everywhere. That you can walk through the halls and they part the halls," said residential assistant Chandler Cullip.

Viewers sent Channel 8 pictures of groups of crickets from all across the area, including Stroud, Chouteau, and Sapulpa.

Jervis said crickets live in moist, dark areas. Lights can lure them to homes and businesses. He said stomping on the crickets can worsen the problem, as crickets feed on each other's carcasses. Rather, he suggests sweeping or vacuuming them and disposing of them in bags in the trash. Also, Jervis said turning off lights at different times can help disperse them.

Jervis said the crickets do not pose a threat to humans. Rather, Green Country will need to wait out the crickets' life cycle. OSU Extension said there are ready-to-use sprays that can be applied to baseboards or other areas of homes to prevent entry.