Drought to blame for grasshopper takeover

Created: 05/20/2014 8:47 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Grasshoppers have been kind of taking over the Albuquerque metro lately.

"They're just on the street. They're everywhere," Patty Jafari said.

"You would see clouds. I mean, there were like literally thousands out there," said Raymond Heath, whose house was decorated in grasshoppers.

So why are we seeing so many lately? KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to a pest management expert who calls himself "Bugman." He said the reason for the grasshoppers is the drought.

"There's no moisture up in the mountains. There's no moisture out in the desert and a lot of the plants are drying up and they need food and they need water, like everybody else," said Richard Fagerlund, also known as Bugman.

Fagerlund said the outskirts of town, like Four Hills and the Westside, are the areas that are seeing the most critters. But don't worry, they're expected to be gone in a few weeks.

"A lot of bugs come into town, but grasshoppers are more noticeable because they're big and they jump," Fagerlund said.

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