Swarms of Locusts enter Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) May 23, 2020
Environment Ministry yesterday said, Locust Swarm from Pakistan have entered Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh threatening major damage to crops.
Report:Vikas Kumar pic.twitter.com/OECWrfCjbL
But, before we tell you what can be done to chase these pests away, here are some things that you should know about one of the most dangerous pests in the world that devour everything in their path.
1. Desert locust look like short-horned grasshoppers and they are considered to be the most devastating migratory pests in the world.
2. They typically move in swarms and each swarm can consist of an astonishing 150 million locusts per square kilometre.
3. The desert locust feeds on green vegetation, be it crops, pasture or fodder. And, according to UN's Food and Agricultural organisation, in a day, they can destroy crops meant for over 35,000 people.
4. Locust can survive in high temperatures where the climate remains warm most of the year. This swarm that has entered India, originated from breedings in Baluchistan, Iran and Pakistan
The visuals of locus entering india in specific in the parts of Rajasthan and UP are horrifying. It’s estimated that a sq km of this sworm can eat food as much as 35,000 people ! 2020 is turning even more brutal #LocustAttack pic.twitter.com/CCE4vAUbZn— Ragi Vipin (@vipinragi26) May 25, 2020
5. Locusts can cause acute food insecurity if proper action is not taken. According to reports, over 25 million people will face food shortage in Eastern Africa region alone, by the second half of 2020.
6. They live for about 3-5 months and they become hoppers after a month. They start laying eggs when they are 60-70 days old.
Climate change is a real threat, day by day we are facing unusual weather conditions, cyclones and have to face threats like locust storms, First of its kind stuck Panna#LocustAttack @mpforestdept @CentralIfs pic.twitter.com/thCSBRvTXy— Panna Tiger Reserve (@PannaTigerResrv) May 24, 2020
So, how can their spread be controlled?
FAO monitors locust swarms on a 24-hour basis and provides forecasts and sends warning alerts. Apart from that, traditional chemicals are used to control their numbers. Nowadays, even nature-based biopesticides are available as they are less harmful.
Tragedy one after Another...— زماں (@Delhiite_) May 24, 2020
Locust Swarms Destroy the crops..
Last year they didn't cross Gujarat but this year reached Jhansi, UP/MP
🔹Locust swarms attack farmlands in Madhya Pradesh #LocustAttack pic.twitter.com/nGe6qIvAv6