Chirp, chirp: Here’s why it might feel like crickets have invaded

Is it just you or are there more crickets than usual this year?

This is a close up view of a cricket as seen on a stairway Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Austin, Texas.  Crickets have arrived in force annoying Texans earlier than usual, thanks to the year's wet weather in much of the state.  (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck) ORG XMIT: AT102

This is a close up view of a cricket as seen on a stairway Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Austin, Texas. Crickets have arrived in force annoying Texans earlier than usual, thanks to the year’s wet weather in much of the state. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck) ORG XMIT: AT102

KUT is on the case and according to several local exterminators, it’s just you. The number of cricket-complaint calls exterminators have received recently and in years prior has remained pretty steady. Although the video below, submitted to KUT by Kelly Gonzales, captures a shocking number of the chirping little insects outside of a Georgetown school, if you’ve lived in this part of Texas for more than a year, you probably aren’t surprised.

Much like the fireflies before them, crickets have a season. And we’re right in its midst. According to KUT, the insects usually make their appearance during the month of October for a “short” mating season that will “all be over very soon.”

READ: The year of the firefly: Why September is looking unusually bright

Here are a few fun cricket facts to get you through this loud, very loud time:

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