Texans brace for invasion

…from crickets, that is.

This year’s wet weather has caused a “surge” in the cricket population. From AP,

cricket.jpgThey congregate on patios, slip into stairwells and, if they’re crunched under foot, oh do they stink. Crickets are here in force, annoying Texans earlier than usual – thanks to the year’s wet weather in much of the state.

The problem is so bad at the University of Texas at Austin that school officials are taking the unusual step of darkening the 307-foot-tall bell tower for three nights the next two weekends in hopes of keeping the insects away. The bugs are attracted to lights.

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's OasisTower lights will be turned off early Friday evening through Sunday night, and again for three nights the following weekend, Aug. 3-5.

“The tower is one of their primary targets, of course, because we do have the lights on there,” said Bill Lucas, associate director of facilities maintenance at UT-Austin. He said the crickets gather atop the tower on its observation deck.

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