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    Anyone else infested with Crickets and Grasshoppers this year?

    I'm in central PA and the Crickets and Grasshoppers seems worse this year than any other year I can remember. The Crickets are those huge black ones that are about 1-1/2 inches long. I'm finding them dead and alive everywhere. The Grasshoppers seem to depart the lawn in a cloud as I mow.

    Needless to say that towards evening the Cricket noise is almost deafening.

    Anyone else have an unusually high Cricket and Grasshopper population this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I'm in central PA and the Crickets and Grasshoppers seems worse this year than any other year I can remember. The Crickets are those huge black ones that are about 1-1/2 inches long. I'm finding them dead and alive everywhere. The Grasshoppers seem to depart the lawn in a cloud as I mow.

    Needless to say that towards evening the Cricket noise is almost deafening.

    Anyone else have an unusually high Cricket and Grasshopper population this year?
    I'm near Scranton. Crickets loud, but have not seen them. Lots of grass hoppers, but no swarms coming out of the lawn or fields around me when they hay. Not a bad thing, I would not think. Now if it were killer bees.........

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    The grasshoppers have been showing here for the past 20 days or so. We don't get them anywhere near as bad as other areas. Years ago we started catching them in butterfly nets, and introducing them to our dogs. We would catch them, and throw them onto the patio to knock them silly, then get the dogs interested. Six of them all wanting to sniff the same tiny thing at the same time, eventually led to one of them eating it. Ever since, when they start showing in the grass, our dogs lay in waiting, ready to munch. It's pretty comical to watch, as they catch and mouth them to remove their legs, before chewing them up. We found the best times to go hopper hunting is early in the coolness of the mornings when their less apt to hop and fly.
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    We have a good many crickets. Here them more than see them.

    And interesting little tidbit.

    A cricket can tell you the approximate temperature. Itís within a few degrees.

    The frequency of chirping varies according to temperature. To get a rough estimate of the temperature in degrees fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and then add 37. The number you get will be an approximation of the outside temperature.


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    I'm 30-35 miles north of John Deere 1025 TLB. I've seen one dead cricket, but no grasshoppers and no more crickets. We have however, had a few fox running around and yesterday I had to stop to keep from hitting a Bald Eagle who was a bit late leaving his dead lunch along the side of the road. His flight path was quite low to a tree on the other side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3 Driver View Post
    A cricket can tell you the approximate temperature.
    Cricket in a cage, the newest remote weather station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dianedebuda View Post
    Cricket in a cage, the newest remote weather station.
    J3Driver has one on the wing to read outside temperature at altitude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    J3Driver has one on the wing to read outside temperature at altitude.



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    Quote Originally Posted by J3 Driver View Post
    A cricket can tell you the approximate temperature. Itís within a few degrees.

    The frequency of chirping varies according to temperature. To get a rough estimate of the temperature in degrees fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and then add 37. The number you get will be an approximation of the outside temperature.
    Interesting. They are very noisy right now so I tried it. I counted a few times and got 22 chirps in 15 seconds. I added 37 to get 59 degrees. All of our outdoor thermometers are currently showing 70 degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Interesting. They are very noisy right now so I tried it. I counted a few times and got 22 chirps in 15 seconds. I added 37 to get 59 degrees. All of our outdoor thermometers are currently showing 70 degrees.
    What he meant to say was count how many you hear chirping and then add 37. It's a lot more accurate than a thermometer.
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