It’s breeding season for crickets which is why people are seeing so many of them. Crickets are also really enjoying these milder temperatures, which is keeping them around Texas.
“I’ve seen a lot of them but that’s natural around here, it’s Texas,” one resident said.
“I guess the weather or something has been bringing them out, you know it’s been a long time since I’ve seen crickets come out like that before,” one resident said.
If you’re out any time at night, then you’ve likely seen an abundance of crickets. Right now, it’s their peak breeding season. They’re nocturnal and attracted to light, which is why you’ll see them more often in well-lit areas at night.
“In the parking lot, I look on the ground and there’s just all this black and they’re popping. And my kids said no, mama, those are crickets! So they’re everywhere,” a resident said.
Red River Specialties handles pest control. They say crickets are more of a nuisance than anything and there’s a reason we’re seeing them more this time of year.
“We’re seeing them right now early fall, because the temperature is still warmer, we still have some pretty good soil moisture,” David Arias, warehouse manager at Red River said. “Once the temperatures drop a little bit more, they’ll go away.”
The good news is these insects don’t bite.
“We’ve had quite a few calls on them, but really they’re not harmful,” Arias said.
But what can be dangerous is the other insects that crickets attract.
“They attract other unwanted insects, like scorpions and spiders, and you know those can be harmful to people,” Arias said.
He says if crickets are out of hand at your place, there are pesticides and glue boards you can use to get rid of them.