A small town in Nevada has to deal with swarms of flightless mormon crickets hatching in its land every year in April and literally invading the perimeter from May to August. The usual routine to get rid of the critters goes along the lines of pesticides and flamethrowers, but since 2006 the inhabitants of Tuscarora prefer a much more musical approach: they blast classic rock songs in the streets from dawn til dusk. Now I don’t know if it’s because the darn crickets prefer other genres of music but the method works wonders as they either avoid the town’s whereabouts or die upon it.
Although no scientific study clearly indicates that the vibrations induced by loud music kills or bothers the insects, Tuscarorans came up with the idea after having read about a woman who succeeded to push them away with a Chinese gong.
Apparently the townspeople choice of bands were Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. If I had to choose a song in particular, I would go for
Deep Purple’s Speed King