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Texas Drought Causes Grasshopper Plague

The drought in North Texas has made the area home to an influx of grasshoppers. According to Texas A&M Agrilife experts, the past few seasons have made conditions ideal for the insects. The drought in North Texas has made the area home to an influx of grasshoppers. According to Texas A&M Agrilife experts, the past few seasons have made conditions ideal for the insects. This past fall was exceptionally dry, as were the spring months. The lack of rainfall allowed the grasshoppers to lay their eggs and let them mature without disturbance.The eggs from this past year haven’t been washed away, so many of them have hatched and are already on the hunt for food. The remainder will hatch sometime this summer, meaning if the weather pattern doesn’t change, the problem is only going to get worse. Denton County Extension Agent Brandon Boughen remarked to KXAS - “They're just hungry devourers, they're just a plague. So, they're just looking for food and unfortunately that food is our lawns, our shrubs, our flowers.” The invasion is frustrating local homeowners. Many of them don’t even want to go outside because of the loud, pesky insects that have been known to jump up and hit locals in the face. For now the issue persists.Agrilife recommends trimming grass and eliminating weeds to force the grasshoppers to look somewhere else for food. Insecticides and a dish soap concoction for foliage are additional tips to help control the swarms.

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