March 10, 2014
Nevada bug experts are hoping that the signs point to a decrease in the infestation of Mormon crickets this summer after six straight years of a plague of the insects that has stretched across (m) millions of acres of Nevada.
Last year, about 12 (m) million acres across the state were
infested by the insects made infamous by nearly destroying the
crops of Utah's Mormon settlers in 1848. That's roughly the same
amount of land infested in 2004.
That slows a trend that has seen a substantial increase in the
amount of infested land since the episode began in 2000.
Numbers of the insects in Idaho were down 50 percent last summer
from the year before while the population in Utah dropped as much
as 95 percent.