NORMAN — Ice storms, wildfires, drought, snowstorms, earthquakes, flooding and tornadoes. We now jokingly add cricket invasion to the list of Biblical-sized calamaties to invade our community in recent years.
The perfect weather conditions have made for what appears to be a cricket convocation at older buildings around Norman. The adult crickets are swarming downtown buildings as well as campus facilities.
The overload is apparently the result of a relatively mild winter, wet spring and summer and recent dry conditions that sent the insects out looking for moisture — all at the same time.
One OU professor told The Oklahoma Daily that the crickets all seem to have reached adulthood at the same time. They are attracted to lights and congregate around residence halls and classroom buildings.
We’ve seen property managers attack the problem with brooms, hoses and gas-powered blowers. They’ll be gone in a few weeks. Until then, turn the lights off.