Well done grasshopper: Infestation not over yet

Albuquerque grasshoppers

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – We hoped they’d be gone by now but instead, the grasshoppers invading Albuquerque seem to be multiplying.

Now those grasshoppers are getting national attention.

According to experts, there has not been this many hoppers hopping here in more than two decades.

While the rest of the country is starting to think we’re living out the plot of some old horror movie, it’s really not that bad.

“Most people think we have a cloud of grasshoppers over us, but as you can see from the beautiful sky, there are no grasshoppers and no clouds of grasshoppers in the sky,” said John Garlisch with the NMSU Bernalillo County Cultural Extension

Although there are no reports of crop damage, some home gardens are being shredded.

Experts say pesticides are not effective against this many grasshoppers and can be harmful to other plants, people and pets.

They recommend using a row cover for prized plants instead.

It’s still not certain when they’ll go away, but the experts KRQE News 13 talked to are guessing a couple of weeks or so.

However, entomologists say the hoppers hatched early this year so it’s possible we’ll see a second generation at the end of the summer.

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