Grasshopper plague of Biblical proportions
U.S. Midwest hit bad by insect infestation
Grasshoppers have descended hard on the American Midwest and western states, creating a plague of Biblical proportions. The states of South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska and Idaho are facing costly insect infestations this summer.
The growing number of migratory grasshoppers, who can fly up to 60 miles daily, has been growing.
Millions of dollars have been allocated in order to fight the plague with aerial insecticide.
"They're grass eaters,They'll eat the leaves and leave the stem. And they will eat the stems finally," Tom Wright, a rancher near Newcastle in northeast Wyoming says. "When they're really thick, people say they'll eat T-shirts on a line."
Grasshoppers are common throughout the United States, but they are especially prevalent in the nation's Midwest and plains states. According to their species, grasshoppers can be anywhere from one to three inches in length. Grasshoppers serve as a source of food for many animals, such as skunks. They are viewed primarily as a destructive pest, and can eat up to six times their body weight in a day.
More alarming still is the growing number of migratory grasshoppers, who can fly up to 60 miles daily.
"In some states, we may see some of the most severe grasshopper outbreaks that we've seen in nearly 30 years," Charles Brown, the national grasshopper suppression program manager at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says.
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