By: Erin Ruberry
Voracious, rapacious crickets are flooding into the United States and there's "no end to the invasion in sight." Good luck, and may the force be with you.
Wait, let's back up.
Greenhouse camel crickets (Diestrammena asynamora) are native to Asia and weren't thought to be common in the U.S. until one was discovered by happenstance in the home of a North Carolina State University.
In a sample of 10 homes in Raleigh, North Carolina, researchers "found large numbers of greenhouse camel crickets, with higher numbers being found in the areas of the yards closest to homes."
"The good news is that camel crickets don’t bite or pose any kind of threat to humans," Dr. Mary Jane Epps, lead author of a paper -- "Too big to be noticed: cryptic invasion of Asian camel crickets in North American houses" -- about the research, said in a statement.
Camel crickets have insatiable appetites for anything and everything -- even members of their own species -- but the researchers say the public shouldn't panic about the foreign invasion.
"Because they are scavengers, camel crickets may actually provide an important service in our basements or garages, eating the dead stuff that accumulates there," the paper's co-author Dr. Holly Menninger, said in a release.
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