Grasshoppers multiplying around the metro

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The grasshopper invasion is expanding.

Everywhere you go, there they are. It’s no plague, but it has a lot of people wondering – what’s the deal? How long are they going to be sticking around?

“Grasshoppers are now everywhere!” Lawrence Plecha said.

That’s pretty much the easiest way to put it.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Lael Rapier said. “It’s been quite an eye-opening experience.”

They’re catching eyes everywhere. Grasshoppers, and a whole lot of them, have made the metro home.

“These are teenagers with raging hormones, going ‘Oh, baby! Oh, baby! Let’s make some more grasshoppers!’” Plecha said.

And they are definitely doing just that.

Lawrence Plecha, an entomologist who also works for BioTech Pest Control, says a mild winter and a recent rainstorm could be a few reasons why we’re seeing so many.

“This sort of thing, this is nature,” Plecha said. “This is nature going on being nature.”

It’s good news for at least one fisherman.

“Oh, they’re good for fish. Fish eat them up.”

But if you don’t fish, the news is not so good.

Plecha says they started popping up in the southeast part of town and over the last week or so, have spread to every nook and cranny.

“It started probably about three to four days ago,” Rapier said who lives in Rio Rancho. His backyard has been full of grasshoppers lately, soaking up the sun.

Plecha says he’s hearing one question a lot – how do we get rid of them?

“You can’t spread pesticide all over town,” Plecha said. “I’m sorry, that’s just wrong for the environment.”

He says if you do use pesticides, never overdo it and follow the label. In the meantime, we’ll have to sit tight and let the grasshoppers go about their business.

“Just be patient,” Plecha said. “They’ll go away and it’ll be years from now before this happens again.”

We wanted to know just how long it’ll be until they disappear, but Plecha says it’s tough to say. He says if he had to guess, at least a few more weeks.

Until they’re gone, experts say seal up your home so they stay out and if you have any plants or a small garden, netting can help keep the critters at bay.

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