Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bugged: Valley County Wants to Curb Grasshoppers to Avoid Another Infestation

Posted By on Sat, Jun 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Valley County may have a grasshopper problem... again.

This week's McCall Star-News reports that Valley County commissioners are concerned about "an emerging population" and want to tackle the issue before they consider any aerial spraying.

Valley County required 22,000 acres to be sprayed in 2013 after the bugs swept through a large section bordered by Lake Cascade, Donnelly, Little Donner Summit and Round Valley. Another infestation of grasshoppers was reported in Valley County in 2008.

The Star-News reports that property owners in the Gold Fork area have already reported the discovery of grasshopper beds this year and have been using malathion—a common insecticide—to curb the problem.

"Obviously, in the next couple weeks, the weather will dictate what kind of issue we have," Lloyd Knight, administrator of the Idaho Division of Plant Industries, told the Star-News.

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