Las Vegas is looking greener than usual — due to giant swarms of grasshoppers that have been taking over the city recently.
The clouds of insects have been captured on video, and it’s definitely not a pretty sight.
This is… interesting 😨 pic.twitter.com/jbjD237gx7
— Las Vegas Locally 🌴 (@LasVegasLocally) July 26, 2019
— Taneesha (@WhoKares34) July 30, 2019
these grasshoppers are out of control 😭 pic.twitter.com/S6wwWMVjUG
— the people’s champ. (@sammywy) July 26, 2019
The mass infestation is so large it was even picked up by the National Weather Service’s radar over the weekend.
🤓 Some of you have been asking about the widespread radar returns the past few nights in #Vegas. Radar analysis suggests most of these echoes are biological targets. This typically includes birds, bats, and bugs, and most likely in our case–> Grasshoppers. 🦗 #VegasWeather pic.twitter.com/reQX7hJR7Y
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) July 27, 2019
“Some of you have been asking about the widespread radar returns in the past few nights in Vegas. Radar analysis suggests most of these echos are biological targets. This typically includes birds, bats, and bugs, and the most likely in out case Grasshoppers,” wrote NWS Las Vegas on Twitter.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the swarms are due to an unusually wet winter and spring.
While the grasshoppers are harmless, residents are encouraged to turn off their ultraviolet outdoor lights and replace them with lower UV lights to ward them off.
The grasshoppers are expected to leave town in the next few weeks.