A Cricket or Two. Or Thirty.


You’d think the mice were enough.

But somehow our kids came home from grandma and grandpa’s house with frogs.

It’s my fault, actually.

I said they could.

However, I distinctly remember saying they could bring two.

They brought six.

I could’ve intervened, I know. But when I saw how tiny the frogs were, I figured, two or six–what’s the difference? They’re actually pretty cute.

small frogs in frog cage


Besides, it’s not the frogs that are the problem.

It’s the crickets.

A couple of days ago, my husband woke me up with a gentle shake and a…

“Gen, I’m so sorry, I have a meeting that I can’t be late for and I just noticed there are crickets all over the house.”


Not exactly the sweet cup of coffee he brings upstairs most mornings. It took me a second to understand what he was saying.

See, we’d bought this thing for the frogs called the Bug Box.

bug box crickets

It’s a whole little cricket ecosystem, all in one box. Tasty, plump morsels that stay fresh, too. And when it’s time to feed the frogs, you just open the little trap door on the side of the box, shake a cricket out, then close the door. Or at least that’s what I did.

I even taped over it for good measure.

Apparently, crickets eat tape.




bog box with hole in tape

And after they escaped through the hole, they proceeded to gallivant around our kitchen. And our living room. And our dining room.







escaped crickets on the kitchen floor

The picture doesn’t do the scene justice. This just happens to be the only cricket that would stop hopping long enough for me to get a shot.

I don’t know how many crickets come inside those Bug Boxes, but let me just say there was a great turnout at the cricket party at our house that morning.

The nice, little 6 a.m. cricket party.

There I was, on my hands and knees (without coffee, I might add), chasing crickets around with a paper towel and tossing them into the frog cage. Except for the crickets that were a little too fast or a little too big.

Those I might’ve pinched a little too hard.

At least the frogs were happy, though.

Even if I wasn’t.

Until I had my coffee.

Then I felt better.

Mostly. Because, still, all that day and the next, we found crickets around the house. Running along the baseboards, lurking in the corners, hopping across the carpet.

And, call me weird, but that gave me the willies more than finding my daughter’s mouse in the laundry basket.

Way more.

46 Comments on A Cricket or Two. Or Thirty.

  1. R.L.Scovens
    July 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm (9 years ago)

    I hope my son doesn’t start wanting to keep animals in the house!!! I’m not prepared!

  2. Amanda
    July 19, 2008 at 5:16 pm (9 years ago)

    I cannot tell you the horrow I have felt in just reading about this. I think I would tell myhusband to meet me at the hotel after he put up the for sale sign. Mass quantities of crickets loose in my home… ugh. That is truly a nightmare. Thank goodness it happened to someone far less suseptible to hysteria.;)God bless you you brave woman-Amanda

  3. Tiffany
    July 19, 2008 at 5:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! Crickets are music to my ears, but NOT inside! Ick! When my husband was in Catholic high school he bought 1000+ crickets at the pet store and set them free at school. He’d walk down the hall and hear the other kids laughing because they were chirping for weeks. He says it was one of the best pranks ever and very satisfying. I think secretly he is STILL enjoying it all of these years later. Maybe he snuck into your house and set yours free. Hmmm, where is your house again?

  4. shannon
    July 19, 2008 at 5:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m so sorry, really, I am…But I am laughing hysterically right now. That is so funny!! omigosh!! They eat tape. hahahahahaha!!! Doesn’t the label say to place the box in the vivarium? LOL!!I guess you didn’t take heed of Kelli’s warnings about frogs and crickets, huh? hehehe!

  5. shannon
    July 19, 2008 at 5:25 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m still laughing….LOL!!

  6. care-in
    July 19, 2008 at 6:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Bleh!! I got the willies just reading this. I am not a “caged pet” kind of person.

  7. Robin
    July 19, 2008 at 7:05 pm (9 years ago)

    *shudder*You are a much braver woman (and a MUCH better sport) than I – I’d have had the exterminators out before you could say Jiminy Cricket!

  8. franticallysimple
    July 19, 2008 at 7:05 pm (9 years ago)

    I think you need to let the frogs out to catch the crickets.

  9. Gotta GROW with it
    July 19, 2008 at 7:44 pm (9 years ago)

    i’m thinkin the frogs need some time out of their tank to do some “hunting”! make their little green lives more adventurous. hmm, but then 6 frogs jumping around everywhere….doesn’t sound much better than the crickets.

  10. Kate
    July 20, 2008 at 12:54 am (9 years ago)

    sheesh!!! i totally have the heebie geebies now….you poor thing! it was like the Egyptian plagues in your house this week!!!! :}

  11. Little Window Shoppe
    July 20, 2008 at 4:37 am (9 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! What a story, I would have had the “willies” too. I love frogs, but the crickets…you are brave indeed. :)

  12. Elizabeth
    July 20, 2008 at 4:56 am (9 years ago)

    frustrating situation = great bloggy material. :-)

  13. Nicole
    July 20, 2008 at 7:25 am (9 years ago)

    That is hilarious! Crickets are the WORST! They’re jumpy and crunchy and loud at night. How considerate of you to buy them for the 6 frogs. ;)

  14. Kristen Andrews
    July 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the sound crickets make but not inside. The frogs are very cute!

  15. Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart
    July 20, 2008 at 8:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh, I understand how the crickets are worse than finding the mouse. I completely agree. But, like someone else commented, what great blog fodder!

  16. Heather @ Not a DIY Life
    July 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm (9 years ago)

    I guess of all the possible insects, I think crickets are the least revolting. But still, I hate the thought of ANY critter loose in my house!

  17. Andrea
    July 20, 2008 at 9:01 pm (9 years ago)

    How convenient for your husband that he just HAD to leave! :) I don’t blame you for being creeped out by that – it’s almost as bad as the time I had honey bees coming in through the attic. I made my hubby come home for THAT!!

  18. Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories
    July 20, 2008 at 11:00 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my goodness. That gave me the willies just reading it. I don’t do well with any kind of bugs in my house, much less leaping crickets. Yikes.

  19. Elle
    July 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm (9 years ago)

    oh boy been there done that – yikesThank goodness for coffee

  20. RR Mama
    July 20, 2008 at 11:45 pm (9 years ago)

    You are a much better mom than me. I would have screamed for Hubs and if he wasn’t there, I would have gotten the vacuum out. Hope you get them out of your house.

  21. https://nosmallthing.wordpress.com
    July 21, 2008 at 2:04 am (9 years ago)

    Blech. I HATE Crickets, more than spiders even. Maybe it’s the hopping, I don’t know. They just give me the creeps!!! Good luck with the chirpies tonight!

  22. Breanne Vasquez
    July 21, 2008 at 3:28 am (9 years ago)

    Oh no – that must have been horrible but funny!!

  23. Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit
    July 21, 2008 at 4:57 am (9 years ago)

    Oh my! Sound like you handled it fairly well, much better than I probably would have.So these frogs…are they pets?

  24. Kelly @ Pass the Torch
    July 21, 2008 at 1:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh no! It looks like a way fun project though. Well, minus the cricket invasion;)

  25. Monkey's Momma
    July 21, 2008 at 1:41 pm (9 years ago)

    Genny, I gave you a blog award. Come check it out!

  26. Becky
    July 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm (9 years ago)

    OH MY!!!That would drive me nuts!! Hope you’ve found them all!!

  27. Laura@Storytellin' Mama
    July 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm (9 years ago)

    We have had crickets in our kitchen off and on all summer… not quite so many… and all before coffee!A sad, but funny story :(!

  28. mandy
    July 21, 2008 at 6:20 pm (9 years ago)

    this is so dang funny!!!!ewwwww

  29. Veggie Mom
    July 21, 2008 at 9:42 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh, those suckers multiple faster than bunnies! Are they all chirping at once, too? Better call an exterminator–or, if you’d like, I can loan you my cat, who delights in chasing, capturing and devouring crickets! BTW, I’m having another Great Pop’rs Giveaway, starting tomorrow. Aunt Julie really needs the help of all her Bloggy Pals–she’s planning a rehearsal dinner for 60 people! Hope you drop by soon!

  30. Are You Serious!
    July 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm (9 years ago)

    ♡ So fun… I'm so not an animal person… :)

  31. Becoming Me
    July 22, 2008 at 12:46 am (9 years ago)

    Yikes…you’re a good mama, that’s all I can say

  32. RefreshMom
    July 22, 2008 at 2:02 am (9 years ago)

    Ack! I think the willies part would come in with not knowing how many of the nocturnal little creatures are under and in things and when (if) you’ve gotten them all! So do you let the frogs loose know in a real-live version of “seek and destroy?”

  33. Kara
    July 22, 2008 at 2:03 am (9 years ago)

    Crickets?In the house?Yuck!!Have I mentioned that I am glad to have a girly-girl who wouldn’t dream of asking to bring a frog home? At least not now anyway. I guess she’s barely 3.I hope you are cricket-free now in your abode! :-)

  34. Sandy C.
    July 22, 2008 at 2:16 am (9 years ago)

    AHHHH!!!! Crickets?! Frogs?! I’m a total wuss and would be hiding in a hotel :(

  35. The Dishes Will Wait
    July 22, 2008 at 2:31 am (9 years ago)

    There have been summer nights when I’ve searched high and low for the lonely chirping cricket…and then smooshed him so I could get some sleep!

  36. tollesons4him
    July 22, 2008 at 3:04 am (9 years ago)

    Crickets….. This is a pretty funny story and I laughed while reading it. When you live in Texas you get used to finding them in your house especially in hot July and August…..

  37. Kerith Collins
    July 22, 2008 at 5:17 am (9 years ago)

    ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh…i hate crickets…we had a huge problem with them last summer…we found them everywhere…sink drains, vents, curtins, we even had to go so far as to cover our drinks on our coffee tables cause they would hop in them all the time…yea…i know…yuck…so good luck!

  38. Elizabeth
    July 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm (9 years ago)

    love this story…so vivid…you are such a storyteller!you must check out my blog today…your name is in lights. :-)

  39. MoziEsmé
    July 22, 2008 at 6:09 pm (9 years ago)

    What happened to bunnies and puppies??!I love your posts, by the way – they are always so well written.

  40. Indy
    July 22, 2008 at 7:34 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh man. I bet you are still finding them. The worst is that once you think you have them all, you probably hear another somewhere in the house. This cracks me up. I am a sucker for pets so this is a good warning for me. Cracking me up.

  41. HeathahLee
    July 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm (9 years ago)

    I am so glad I found you at CWO…I laughed WAY out loud through the whole post. Especially “Apparently, crickets eat tape.” Oh. My. Word. You are too funny.

  42. Ashley
    July 23, 2008 at 1:36 pm (9 years ago)

    I know that every one is freaking out about the crickets, but I have a similar story:) My son just found three little frogs at my daughter’s school and I am wondering where you found that cute bugcricket box to feed the frogs with:)

  43. dandelionmom
    July 23, 2008 at 4:08 pm (9 years ago)

    YIKES! search and DESTROY girl! Crickets EAT-they like fabric-your laundry-esp the bottoms of baskets and hampers and those places where kids pile damp things?-they crawl under and chew chew chew chirp chirp chirp. Make the frogs eat mealworms-they can’t get away!

  44. Boutique Flair
    July 24, 2008 at 3:20 am (9 years ago)

    LOL! I’m still giggling! The tape part with the pic totally got me!

  45. Janel@Dandelion Dayz
    July 26, 2008 at 12:33 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow, Genny – you really have some great critter stories! I would have absolutely freaked out. Without coffee – you are amazing!


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