POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 4:57pm
The summer time brings out the bugs but there is one kind in particular that you may have noticed a lot of lately: crickets.
sot: "We're seeing a few heavier infestations this year," said Chad Gulley with Texas AgriLife.
Gulley says the rain and warmer spring this year was the perfect recipe for a cricket "infestation, " and the critters made an earlier appearance this year, too.
"Rain typically triggers their mating flight season ... so were seeing an early stage," he said.
Somebody who's not complaining though: pest control company owners.
"There are a lot of people inquiring about crickets," said Joel Lowry with Best Pest Control in Tyler. "One thing I'd tell them is don't leave your lights on at night. Those will attract those nocturnal black crickets."
Lowry says cricket calls have gone up 90 percent from last year.
Lowry says your your problem may not be over even if the crickets are dead.
"One of the main things I recommend is to clean up the dead crickets," Lowry said. "Because believe it or not, crickets are one of the primary sources of food for crickets."