The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, will conduct meetings throughout March of 2022 to discuss proposed Mormon cricket and grasshopper population management on public lands.
“The NDA and PPQ survey grasshopper and Mormon cricket populations to determine population management plans,” NDA State Entomologist Jeff Knight said. “We had a mild winter in northern Nevada and some later storms, so it’s hard to say what numbers will look like this year.”
The NDA and PPQ may treat public land areas that meet management criteria with the goal of protecting rangeland forage, crops and public safety, based on funding availability. The meetings will discuss possible management strategies and a recording will be available for later viewing. Citizen roles and how to report and manage infestations on private property will also be discussed.
“Meetings will discuss private property treatment and prevention methods residents can use, but the most important thing citizens can do is report infestations to the NDA Entomology Lab by visiting agri.nv.gov/entomology,” Knight said.
More information, including meeting agendas, are available on the NDA website.