The roof cricket is one of the most popular forms of cricket played today. Roof crickets are used to play between two gable roofs. They have been around since the 19th century but they were not widely known until the 1980’s when they became popular among urban youth. There are several types of roof crickets, each with its own characteristics and uses. The most common type is the chimney cricket which looks like a large black beetle or mole rat. These insects live in the chimneys of houses and tunnels. They are usually found near them. When disturbed, they emit a loud noise that sounds like a whistle. The insect has four legs and two antennae on its head which are used for sensing vibrations in the air. A roof cricket is held vertically by its antennae and flashes from side to side while emitting a high pitched sound at the same time. This makes it look very attractive to humans who see it flashing from one rooftop to another. Chimney crickets are sometimes referred to as roof rats because they resemble rodents. Roof rats are smaller than chimney crickets and have three pairs of legs instead of four. They flash from side to side much like chimney crickets, but their sound is low pitched and produces a whistling effect rather than a high pitch. They can be seen flashing from the top floor up to the second floor. There is a thinner version of the chimney rat that comes out at night. This version has been bred to generate a whistling sound from its legs. Roof rats are sometimes kept as pets and flashed in competitions most notably during presidential debates.
Antenna Whistle is the most common brand of roof cricket used in flashings. The sound it creates is similar to that of a police siren or a screeching tire.
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