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Grasshopper Outbreak So Thick It Shows on Radar in New Mexico

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 01:02 PM

The worst grasshopper outbreak to befall Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 20 years has gotten so out of hand that swarms of the airborne insects are showing up on weather radars.

"At first there was some question about what it was . . . We have actually been noticing the insects on radar since about Memorial Day," said National Weather Service spokesman David Craft, according to WPRO News Talk 630. "We have noticed the greatest impact on the radar during the evening, but they are noticeable at other times of the day, too."

Local meteorologists say the grasshopper plague has been brought on by droughts in nearby regions. For one thing, the grasshoppers are seeking food in greener areas.

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David B. Richman, professor emeritus at the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science, New Mexico State University, also said, "There wasn’t enough winter to kill the egg pots. Because of the dry winter the eggs survived, hence the outbreak of grasshoppers."

John R. Garlisch of the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service said that the grasshoppers haven't been seen at these levels since the early 1990's.

"It is a nuisance to people because they fly into people’s faces while walking, running, and biking. They are hopping into people’s homes and garages, they splatter the windshield and car grill while driving, and they will eat people’s plants," he said.

USA Today reported that city officials have discouraged citizens from using pesticides against the critters, as it is mostly ineffective against the hearty bugs, and new arrivals will only replace any of those killed.

The grasshoppers don't carry any disease, and the only thing to do is wait them out.

In the meantime, Garlisch gives some interesting advice: "Catch them and go fishing. Dip them in chocolate. Have fun with it."



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