Both crickets and grasshoppers are plentiful around here, but they seem to arrive this time every year. I think it's time to give up on the tomatoes I've been trying to grow...when I watered them yesterday, a cricket jumped off the plant onto my foot. What the crazy weather hasn't killed off yet, the crickets and grasshoppers seem ready to finish.
Uck. I remember one year on the farm where grasshoppers were so bad in our area, they were pretty well destroying crops they were so bad. Everyones vehicles were coated in grasshopper guts and had that distinctive dead grasshopper smell, some places were so bad the road looked like it was moving. You would walk out in the field to look at the crop and they would be buzzing all around you and hitting you. It was gross.
Once when I was a kid there was a plague of crickets in my town. I lived in a cul-de-sac and me and the neighbor kids took a big can of PVC cement and went around dropping some on each cricket. It didn't seem to be killing them so we decided to light one on fire. As soon as we lit it the flames took off and shot to each cricket we had cemented. The whole cul-de-sac was on fire for a couple of seconds. Got in a little bit of trouble for that one.