We are expecting the biggest population increase in decades this summer. Sheridan Media's Betsy Love has the story
If you thought the grasshoppers were bad last year, you will be excited to know that we are expected to have even more this summer. Scott Hinger with the UW Extension Education office in Sheridan:
Like many species, grasshoppers have an ebb and flow population cycle, and that is part of why we expect to see so many this year. However, the expected infestation is not 100% bad news:
Still, while the local songbirds might be happy about all the grasshoppers, local growers and ranchers generally do not share the same sentiment. Over $2.7 million has been allocated by the state for grasshopper suppression efforts, which includes areal spraying of the pesticide Dimilin:
Scott says if you are looking to control grasshoppers in your own area, the best time to start is as soon as you see them hatching:
Be sure to stay tuned because over the coming months, we will give you a taste of some of the other creative ways people are controlling the grasshoppers in their neighborhood. For instance, ever heard of "cowboy caviar"?
Grappling with grasshoppers galore for Sheridan Media dot com news, this is Betsy Love reporting.