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A huge invasion of grasshoppers in Las Vegas has people freaking out. The desert dwellers have suddenly inundated almost every street of Vegas, and denizens don’t know what to do.
Jeff Knight, the state entomologist with Nevada Department of Agriculture, called an immediate press conference to explain what’s happening in the valley.
“The grasshopper that just came in the last couple days to Las Vegas is the pallid-winged grasshopper,” Knight said.
“The ones that started down probably in Laughlin or southern Nevada, or even Arizona, are the ones that are moving up to central Nevada. So a couple hundred miles.
“When we have a wet winter or spring, these things build up. A lot of times, when populations get too big, it triggers the insects to move to find new areas.”
Knight clarified that the swarm is not unprecedented as the grasshoppers usually show up while they are on their migratory trip.
He said that these insects are attracted to ultraviolet lights that’s why they are mostly seen in bulk in gas stations and parking areas.
Although the hoppers are harmless to humans, people are panicking due to the massive amount of these unwanted visitors. “When you have thousands of insects like that, it does create that panic in somebody’s mind,” the state entomologist continued.
“They don’t carry any diseases. They don’t bite. They’re not even one of the species that we consider a problem.”
Knight admits that the recent invasion by these herbivorous insects is getting worse with time.
The businesses have slowed and it seems like grasshoppers have replaced all the tourists which are often seen in the gambling and entertainment capital.
“It was crazy. We didn’t even want to walk through there. Everybody was going crazy. We were wondering, like, what’s going on,” said a tourist.
Trent English, who works with pest control firm Truly Nolen, expunged the irritable insects from a gas station that was completely inundated with them. There were so many grasshoppers bulked up at the gas station that customers couldn’t even come out of their cars.
“There were thousands that were congregating all over that general area,” said Trent.
“Not just that area, but at that point in time customers were afraid to even come in through the doors or get out of their cars. It created a little bit of a panic epidemic because people didn’t know what they were.”
He said while it’s true that the insects aren’t harmful to humans, they certainly can harm the plants and vegetation.
“They are plant feeders so they are notoriously known for wiping out crops. They can destroy gardens, plants, vegetation,” Trent said.
“The best course of action would be to find some type of cage or netting that will actually secure that area so they can’t get in, invade, and destroy those things you’ve been growing.”