As branch manager of Synergy Bank in Waco, Jani Rodriquez is used to handling all manner of situations.
The bank has deployed an arsenal of scented products to try to mask the stench, Rodriquez said. Its landlord has cleaned the carpets and used air scrubbing machines. Plus, the bank has sealed off openings where crickets might sneak in, like the small space around its glass doors.
But none of that has been enough to stop the onslaught. Some of the invading crickets apparently have been trapped inside the walls of the building where the bank is located, the Triangle Tower at 510 N. Valley Mills Drive.
The result is an unpleasant smell that emanates throughout much of the first floor. It waxes and wanes with the cricket population, which is buoyed by rain.
“It’s outside, it’s inside,” Rodriquez said. “You kind of get used to it when you’re here. But when you walk out and come back in, it’s really bad.”
CVS drugstore, located a few lots down on Valley Mills Drive, also has battled the pungent smell of dead crickets. Assistant store manager Mellinda Whitten said the main issue has been hordes of crickets that die on outside sidewalks or just inside the front entryway.