Locusts: Why they do their mass destruction.

Locusts. Locusts are related to the grasshopper insect.

We know locusts when they migrate or swarm by the millions or billions...and the skies become dark and the farmers cringe...knowing what is coming and what will happen.

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This insect behavior is in response to overcrowding. As locust overcrowding grows more intense, locusts respond by mating quicker and the numbers compound astronomically...ending in the locust swarms and locust infestations we know about and read about in the Bible for example.

As we grew up, we learned about the scourge of the locusts. These locusts we were taught, would just swoop in and eat all a farmers crops...just plain devour the planted landscape...leaving nothing...every plant stripped bare. A plague. A natural disaster. Repeated over and over in history.

There is not many things you can do to stop them as their eggs are laid over very wide areas.


All of these goals are accomplished by applying pesticides to large areas from planes or plowing under the locust eggs. Poison is also spread such that the locust eat it and the swarms are reduced that way. Fogging or misting applications are also employed to reduce the likelihood of damaging swarms.
But no treatment or method works perfectly and it is a war that never seems to be won.

What can a homeowner do? Not much.


Grasshoppers: How to get rid of grasshoppers



Grasshoppers are often noisy insects, usually brown or green, have big back legs, big eyes, wings, and a short pair of antennae. There are about 10,000 different kinds.

As kids we found grasshoppers in the fields and they were a source of hours of entertainment.

Grasshoppers are not usually a pest problem except when certain kinds multiply into large numbers and become a pest infestation and consume every plant and grass they see. Locusts are best known for this serious crop damage especially...cereal grains...type of behavior.

Grasshoppers have natural predators that keep their numbers under control usually. Rodents, spiders, lizards, mantis, and robber flies are examples that feed on grasshoppers. Bee flies and blister beetles are examples of natural predators that destroy grasshopper eggs.

How to prevent grasshoppers:
How to get rid of grasshoppers:
How to kill grasshoppers:

  • Chemical Control: All three of these needs are resolved by aerial or misting or ground based spraying or cultivating trap strips around each field...each of which is an approach that uses pesticides for control.
  • Grazing: All three concerns are also addressed with letting cattle graze on areas where a suspected problem may occur.
  • Habitat manipulation is another method of control like plowing and tilling of the soil, to remove plants on which they feed and bury the eggs in areas where they are hatching in great numbers.
  • Earlier planting of crops is a strategy that avoids large numbers of grasshopper damages.



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