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No matter where you’re from, you’ve no doubt grown accustomed to the telltale chirp of the crickets on hot summer nights. They’re so prevalent, in fact, that for many of us, they’ve become part of the background music of our lives--an afterthought. That’s kind of a shame, because when you stop to think about it, crickets are delightfully weird.

 We understand the skepticism. Bugs are bugs, after all, and for most the cricket is just another annoying nuisance to be dealt with. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll see that the common cricket is actually one of the most fascinating, strange, and even important insects in the world today. Here are a couple of the craziest fun facts about crickets to prove our point. You’ll never hear that chirp the same way again!

 

Counting Down the Wildest Facts About Crickets

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10. Crickets are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, and they’re prepared in a ton of different ways. In Thailand, fried crickets are commonly served with beer, and one of the most popular snacks in the country is Jing Leed, a deep-fried cricket seasoned with sauce and pepper.   

9. Almost all crickets weigh between 0.2 and 0.8 grams, or 0.0007 to 0.003 ounces. A single pound is 16 ounces, or 453.5 grams. To put these numbers in perspective, a paper clip weighs one gram. Crickets are very light.

8. Crickets are a traditional symbol of good luck in China. In the Imperial era, crickets were a popular pet for nobles and commoners alike, and were often kept in bamboo or even golden cages.

7. There are over 900 different species of crickets in the world, and every single one of these species has their own unique chirp.

6. Like many other insects, crickets don’t have lungs and can’t breathe through their mouths or nostrils. Instead, they take air in through a series of small holes on the sides of their bodies called spiracles.

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5. Crickets make their chirping sound by rubbing their wings together. Each wing has a set of 50 to 300 “teeth” arranged in a comb-like pattern. The cricket rubs this comb against the upper hind edge of its other wing. As the wing brushes the teeth, it makes the distinct chirping sound.
 

4. Crickets hear each other’s chirps through a special auditory organ located on their forelegs. That’s right; cricket’s “ears” are located on their legs! 

3. Crickets chirp faster when it’s hot outside. In fact, you can apparently figure out the temperature outside by listening to cricket chirps. Count the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute, divide that number by 4, and then add 40. The result is how hot it is outside!

[Formula: x (x=the number of chirps in one minute) ÷ 4 + 40 = Outside temperature]

2. Cricket fighting has been a popular pastime in China for over a thousand years. Though its popularity has waned somewhat in recent years, the breeding and selling of fighting crickets is still a lucrative industry. It’s not uncommon for crickets of impressive pedigree and talent to be worth as much as 10,000 yuan, or $1,600!

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Picture Author: Yang Jeng-Tze via Wikipedia Commons

There’s even an annual National Cricket Fighting Championship, which follows rules established in the 13th century and attracts fans from all over China. And don’t worry--crickets rarely harm each other when fighting; matches are decided when one cricket stops fighting and attempts to flee.

1. Crickets are 10 times more efficient as a food source than cattle, and 100 times more water efficient to raise. Some people believe crickets will be the best way to feed our growing population in the future.


One of the best parts of the pest control job is how it allows us to see the world in a different way. Who would have thought the common--and, frankly, kind of annoying--cricket might end up saving humanity?

All these fun facts probably won’t help you if you can’t sleep or work for the incessant, unbelievably loud chirping of what sounds like a thousand crickets in your home or business. If you’re dealing with a cricket problem, give Assured Environments a call right away. We assure you we’ll drive those noisy tenants out fast and let you enjoy the silence.

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