Crickets Take Over Austin, Texas Due to Warmth, Rain

June 20, 2012; 4:51 PM ET
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Raw video of cricket invasion in Austin, Texas.

Warm weather and recent rains in central Texas are creating near-perfect conditions for cricket eggs to hatch, causing a cricket invasion in Austin.

Monica Malone of J & J Pest Control says her phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from jumpy central Texans. She says that usually about 75 percent of cricket eggs don't hatch, but some recent rain flipped that stat.

Since the start of 2012, there has been nearly 1.5 times the normal rainfall for Austin, Texas. May rainfall was nearly 200 percent of normal.

Some complaints from Austin residents about the crickets include the noise and the smell of whole herds of dead crickets.


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