Planning A Visit To Las Vegas? You Might Want To Think Again As The City Is Infested With Swarms Of Grasshoppers
Well, you know what they say: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And we hope the swarms of grasshoppers invading Las Vegas don’t cross state lines.
Don’t worry, the swarm of grasshoppers are not a cause for concern nor are they dangerous but it sure looks like our biggest nightmare.
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Hordes of grasshoppers ???? descended on Las Vegas this week, causing a bit of stir. But a Nevada entomologist assures us it's nothing to worry about. "It appears through history that when we have a wet winter or spring, these things build up," says Jeff Knight with the Nevada Department of Agriculture. The pallid-winged grasshopper is a common, and harmless, desert species. That may be true, but it won't stop our skin from crawling. “I know they are harmless, but they make me super itchy seeing them,” said one resident.
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According to entomologists with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, the grasshoppers are in the middle of a northern migration, currently sweeping through Southern Nevada. Jeff Knight, an entomologist, said in a news conference on Thursday in Las Vegas, that when they have a wet winter or spring, “these things build up often down below Laughlin and even into Arizona. They’ll move northward, and they’ll often move as far as central Nevada.”
Despite people on social media freaking out about the grasshopper invasion, Knight said they’re not dangerous and aren’t carrying any diseases. Even better news? They don’t bite and won’t cause much damage in a yard. According to the New York Times, it looks like the grasshoppers descended on Las Vegas last week likely were attracted to the 30-story pyramid Luxor hotel and casino since they’re drawn to ultraviolet light.
While the grasshopper migration is harmless, tourists are also calling it the “Great Grasshopper Invasion of 2019.”
The grasshoppers came out to play overnight! ???? Viewers sent in their video of grasshopper swarms from around the Las Vegas Valley Thursday night. Have you seen them in your neighborhood?
— FOX5 Las Vegas (@FOX5Vegas) July 26, 2019
“It was crazy. We didn’t even want to walk through there. Everybody was going crazy,” Diana Rodriguez told CBS affiliate KLAS about the grasshoppers. “We were wondering like what’s going on.”
I mean, imagine minding your own business walking the streets of Las Vegas and then suddenly being met with thousands of swarming grasshoppers? We’d freak out too.
Locals, on the other hand, are pretty used to this by now since it happens every few years. According to USA Today, the state has records that date as far as the early 1960s of grasshopper invasions.
According to CNN, the Las Vegas grasshopper invasion is so huge that you can see it on the weather radar. CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said that it looked like there were two storms moving into the Las Vegas area. But one of them wasn’t moving as rain normally would. It turns out that the other storm was actually the storm of grasshoppers making their way into the city.
People’s reactions on Twitter in response to the Las Vegas grasshopper invasion are hilarious.
literally no one:
the grasshoppers invading the las vegas area: pic.twitter.com/zrXc7F2CHu
— thicc n' sociopathic ???? (@yungyosh_) July 25, 2019
The grasshopper invasion in Las Vegas is giving us “A Bug’s Life” vibes.
It’s reminding people of the evil grasshoppers from the 1998 film. *shudders*
Others have some conspiracy theories… the grasshoppers are a result of Area 51.
“Las Vegas threatens to invade Area 51, so Area 51 releases a million grasshoppers to freak out the city,” the user wrote. Hmmmm, seems legit. What do you think?
However, people were quick to debunk that theory because what will Area 51 release after the grasshoppers finish their migration? Huh?
She makes good points.
And of course, some people had to somehow make it about politics.
Good one, @SteveYeagerNV.
Twitter users also shared hilarious and relatable gifs.This would literally be us.
Actual representation of me outside while Las Vegas is under attack by grasshoppers pic.twitter.com/cAdZjBw9eH
— Kiyanna Ware (@kiyannaware) July 25, 2019
The end DOES seem near.
And then things got a little biblical.
“There were many plagues that God sent upon Egypt flies, gnats, frogs and locusts. This is definitely a sign, please repent and seek the Lord Jesus Christ if you haven’t already. It’s no coincidence… Vegas being “sin city” and all,” replied one Twitter user.
But despite Las Vegas being invaded by grasshoppers, users are still focusing on the beauty of it all.
The grasshopper invasion will continue for a couple of weeks at most. And now the grasshoppers are being joined by other pesky insects–stink bugs. According to KTNV Las Vegas, the stink bugs are a huge agricultural pest and if they come in large numbers, they’ll likely destroy crops.
Well, good luck, Las Vegas. We hope these grasshoppers still let y’all live your best lives.
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