MORMON CRICKETS ARE SWARMING, COVERING EVERYTHING IN NEVADA AND IDAHO
Mormon crickets are a real thing? While I’m no entomologist, I must say that I’m surprised that I’ve never heard of these things before. And, well, I’ve never even been to either of the US states, Nevada and Idaho. I’m guessing people there have heard of them before. But right now, they’re an inescapable reality for the folks who live there. It seems that these Mormon crickets are currently swarming both states, like some ancient biblical story reminding folks of the End of Days stories. There are so many of these insects in Nevada’s Elko region, that the local Transportation Department has cautioned drivers of slick roads from all the crushed bug guts.
IN SOME PLACES, DRIVERS ARE WARNED CRUSHED MORMON CRICKETS COULD MAKE ROADS SLIPPERY
Now, that’s a LOT of Mormon crickets. I’ve never even imagined slippery roads from bug guts. But I shudder to guess at how much window wiper fluid you’d need just to drive a mile at high speed. If the bugs sound like you’re driving thru hail, you’ve got a lot of bugs…. But both states have had to call in work crews to deal with the “fallout” so many Mormon crickets are causing on buildings, sidewalks and, of course, roads. If bugs freak you out, try not to do too much imagining about this bug apocalypse!
SOME ARE USING LEAF BLOWERS TO CLEAR SWARMING BUGS JUST TO GET THE MAIL
Mormon crickets are flightless bugs that look like oversized grasshoppers but are really katydids. But besides having slippery guts, when you squish these guys, they emit a really stinky smell as well. Locals aren’t enjoying the sensation, that’s for sure. Some have taken to using leaf blowers to blow them out of the way just to go outside to get the mail or walk to their car. But it’s even more insane in some places. The Northeastern Nevada regional Hospital has pulled out brooms, leaf blowers and even a snowplow to clear out open pathways for patients.
I wonder what Jiminy Cricket would say?