Monday, October 1, 2012

Texas Cricket Invasion

WACO, Texas -- Several businesses in the Central Texas town of Waco (WAY'-koh) are dealing with a smelly problem that won't go away: decaying cricket carcasses.

A bank, a drugstore and other businesses have been inundated with the odorous onslaught of dead crickets that have been trapped inside walls and have collected on sidewalks.

Fred Huffman, an entomologist who runs a local pest control business, says the cricket problem has been worse this year because mild winter conditions resulted in the insects appearing earlier than normal.

Health officials say the crickets don't pose any direct health risks.  Before settlement of the West crickets made up an important part of the diet of many indigenous people in the arid southwest.

Even today, fried crickets are served as delicacies in a few exotic, upscale restaurants.

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