Just as the children head back to school and there's a hint of the leaves changing, the sound of the cricket is also notorious for signaling the end of the summer season.

It just so happens the crickets mostly begin chirping during the late August and early September, but it's not why you may think.

THE LIFE CYCLE

Crickets truly have no way of knowing the change of season.  The reason they don't chirp earlier is that they don't yet have the proper equipment to make the sound.

Crickets go through a life cycle and finally reach the adult stage during the late summer and early fall. This is when they finally grow their wings.

Despite the folklore that says the "legs" make the sound, it's actually the wings that the male cricket rub together to make his chirps.

The amount of chirps a cricket makes is dependent on the air temperatures where the cricket is located.

NATURE'S THERMOMETER

You can get an approximation of the temperature in Fahrenheit by counting the number of chirps in 15 seconds, then add 40.

For example, on a chilly September morning you hear 13 chirps in 15 seconds. You then add 40 to find the outdoor temperature a cool 53°.  It's not exact, but the chirp will give you a good estimate.

The reason this works is because crickets are cold-blooded creatures, and are much more active on warm nights than chilly ones. The cooler the air, the less they'll chirp.

IN THE HOME

Have you seen and heard a cricket in your home? In several countries throughout Asia and Europe, crickets are considered good luck, and sometimes even kept as pets in cages.

Others hold that a cricket chirping in the house is a sign of future prosperity.

If there's a way inside your home during the fall, a cricket will find one. Chances are, you'll hear him before you see him.

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