March 10, 2014
Despite earlier hopes that this year's Mormon cricket infestation would show signs of decline, Nevada agriculture officials say the icky insects are marching and munching their way across the state in full force.
They estimate the bugs will infest up to 12 million acres in Nevada by the end of summer.
So far the hardest-hit areas are around Austin and Eureka in
central Nevada. But bands of crickets have also been reported near
Lovelock, Sand Mountain, Wadsworth and Palomino Valley north of
The crickets eat lawns, gardens, crops. In a frantic search for
salts and protein, they often eat each other.
The insects were made infamous by nearly destroying the crops of
Utah's Mormon settlers in 1848. This is the seventh straight year
they've invaded northern Nevada.