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The Cricket Offensive

October 1, 2020
Overhead view of field cricket

Field cricket (Gryllus spp.)

The heat of summer is almost in the rearview mirror, bringing thoughts of apples, pumpkins, football and …. crickets. It hit me just now when I turned off the light to retire for the night – autumn temperatures also mean crickets. I can hear one right now, inside my house, annoyingly chirping its little beady heart out.

You may think that cricket chirping hardly warrants a column, but let me put this into perspective for you. Chirping outside in the yard is just fine. Indeed, it adds to the ambiance of the pending season. But when one or two of the little troublemakers sneak into my home and disrupt my peace and quiet, even my slumber, tension reaches a whole new level. 

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