That seems a little to early to me as well. When I lived in Missouri closer to KC it usually wasn't till middle of november depending on the weather when I would start seeing many of them. It just depended on when the first good cold snap came through usually a week or two into november sometimes a little later. I know last year I didn't really see a lot till the weekend before thanksgiving.
Red neck engineering- If ya can't fix it with duck tape, bailing wire, zip ties, and JB weld well than it can't be fixed.
If it moves and it aint suppose to duck tape it. If doesn't move and its suppose to put WD-40 on it.