Oklahoma City Crickets: Insects Invade Downtown, Overrun Storefronts, Terrorize OKC Residents [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on September 5, 2013 11:41 AM EDT

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Oklahoma City crickets have ascended on The Big Friendly in droves. Cricket mating season is here. (Photo: Creative Commons)

It's a plague of biblical proportions. Throngs of crickets have ascended on Oklahoma City, covering doors, sidewalks and walls -- really, any surface crickets can reach. Residents shudder at the teeming masses of crickets at their doorsteps and storefronts.

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"It's like an invasion," one resident told KFOR-TV. Where did all these Oklahoma City crickets come from?

According to KFOR-TV, the brown, hard-shelled insect has come to The Big Friendly in the thousands, possibly millions, for some cricket love-making. Every year near the end of summer, the brown field crickets emerge to pair off and mate, to produce the following year's cricket population. It's a natural process, but a nuisance for the 592,000 residents of Oklahoma City who have to tread lightly lest they slip on a pile of copulating crickets.

In videos of the Oklahoma City crickets, downtown business owners are seen sweeping piles of dead crickets out from their storefronts. Huddled masses of crickets hang around doorsteps, sidewalks and alleyways, jumping to life when a pedestrian approaches.

Apparently, they also have a terrible odor. "Like rotting meat," one resident said.

Luckily, the pesky critters won't be around forever. After a few weeks of love-making, the Oklahoma City crickets will die off.

Field crickets, like the ones currently terrorizing Oklahoma City residents, are common in the U.S. They can be brown, reddish or black in color, and adults can reach about an inch in length. Their diets consist of animal remains and plant matter, and they prefer to shelter in the ground or piles of organic debris.

YouTube user Ali Meyer reports on the Oklahoma City crickets in this video uploaded to the website:

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