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Grasshopper swarms have Las Vegas feeling antsy – CNET

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A pair of grasshoppers take a break from the swarm that's taken Las Vegas by storm.

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The Great Grasshopper Invasion of 2019 has begun.

Thanks to unusually wet weather a few months back, Las Vegas is being inundated by grasshoppers as the insects migrate across Nevada. But numbers aside, there shouldn't be anything to worry about.

Nevada state entomologist Jeff Knight told CBS that the number of "adult pallid-winged grasshoppers traveling north to central Nevada is not unprecedented and they pose no danger." (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)

Grasshoppers are usually attracted to ultraviolet light sources. But considering the amount of neon and other bright lights at casinos that keep Las Vegas humming with tourists at all hours, it's not a big surprise that grasshoppers would be attracted to those lights as well.

Knight also added that grasshoppers don't carry disease, don't bite and probably won't damage anybody's yard for the few weeks of the migration.

But that doesn't mean large swarms of grasshoppers don't creep out the tourists trying their luck in Sin City.

"It was crazy. We didn't even want to walk through there. Everybody was going crazy," Diana Rodriquez told CBS affiliate KLAS on Saturday. "We were wondering, like, what's going on."

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Here are a few videos of the 2019 grasshopper invasion circulating on social media, if you dare to watch.

DID YOU KNOW: Grasshoppers are attracted to ultraviolet light, and will swarm around UV lighting. Have you seen any swarms in your neighborhood? Share your photos and videos with us! Read more: https://t.co/LVemnjJuZK
📸: Olivia Marin/Facebook pic.twitter.com/cZxOrs1w60

— FOX5 Las Vegas (@FOX5Vegas) July 26, 2019

Ive lived in Henderson for 19 years and have never seen such a thing! Hundreds and hundreds of grasshoppers!! There all over the Las Vegas Valley 🦗🦗🦗 Its an invasion! 😳 pic.twitter.com/mreb51EQ87

— Skim The Rail (@SkimTheRail) July 28, 2019

Once again, Im lying in bed, trying to fall asleep, when I see all these gruesome videos of GRASSHOPPERS in Vegas.
These bugs are just not going to give my fragile, phobic brain a break, are they? pic.twitter.com/LX1pl5Gd1j

— JacqueliRead More – Source
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