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Town Cranks Stones, Zeppelin to Fight Crickets

Up to mile-long swarms invade village regularly
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2009 8:58 AM CDT
Town Cranks Stones, Zeppelin to Fight Crickets
Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin perform in 1985.    (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

A tiny Nevada town faces a yearly menace next month in the form of legions of crickets that can be a mile long and two miles across. Among the more unusual tools in their arsenal: rock music. Residents of Tuscarora swear it works, or at least helps, and are getting ready to crank their stereos to play the Stones and Zeppelin, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"Crickets kind of sleep at night, so I would wake up first thing in the morning to get the music on and we would shut the music off at night," said one resident, referring to a particularly bad infestation in 2006. "The vibrations may deter the bugs, but I don't know of any research that says yes or no,” says one state entomologist. Officials in Elko County, which needed a snowplow last year to clear the bugs off highways, have a more orthodox remedy ready: poison bait. (More rock stories.)

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