Grasshoppers, crickets hit Utah crops already facing drought

The insects are impacting at least eight counties across the state.

Grasshopper and Mormon cricket infestations have been reported in at least eight counties across the state, where the ongoing drought is already impacting agriculture.

According to FOX13, the insects are likely experiencing an increase in population due to the drought, since more precipitation in spring usually leads to a reduction of the species, and more grasshoppers are likely on the way in the coming years.

The insects are attracted to water, and consume their way through crops that need moisture in the summer heat.

Read more at FOX13.

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