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Southern Nevada seeing influx in grasshoppers

Southern Nevada seeing influx in grasshoppers

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Jun 5, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The influx of grasshoppers bugging a lot of people around Southern Nevada is just passing through.

Experts said the black band-winged grasshopper is now migrating north.

Many northwest areas like Pahrump, Summerlin and several golf courses were affected by the desert species.

The Department of Agriculture said they got a population boost because of a wetter-than-usual fall.

Experts said they're more of a nuisance than a harmful crop eater, and have some advice if you really want them to leave.

"Change the color of light. These guys are really attracted to the ultraviolet wave length in the light and if you go from a bright white light to an amber color light, that will reduce your numbers significantly," said Jeff Knight, state entomologist.

Knight said next up on the bug horizon for Southern Nevada are Stink Bugs, Japanese beetles and mosquitoes.