Crickets take over Cape Town

2014-04-08 21:37

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Johannesburg - The increasing cricket population in Cape Town has become a nuisance but they are harmless, the city said on Tuesday.

"Our consultations have concluded that while the increase in crickets is a nuisance there are no associated health risks", mayoral committee member Lungiswa James said in a statement.

"The city, is aware of the increased presence of crickets in various parts of the city and has had first-hand experience of this at our Matthew Goniwe Clinic in Khayelitsha."

Scientists at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town concurred that the increase in the cricket population was a phenomenon experienced in many parts of the world, said James.

"It is likely as a result of climatic conditions, in particular the mild winter experienced last year coupled with the slightly wet summer, which favours the hatching of cricket eggs and has resulted in a population boom", said James.

"The city has been given assurances that the cricket numbers are likely to dwindle with the onset of winter, when temperatures start dropping. In the interim residents are urged to block any gaps in their homes through which crickets might enter."

For outside areas, he said experts advised using a hosepipe to flush them out.
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