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Blood-red crickets invade Nevada town, residents fight back with brooms, leaf blowers, snow plows
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The ground surrounding Elko’s stretch of Interstate 80 looked as if it had been covered in blood. As the red color shifted and moved, she realized instead it was an infiltration of crickets, some bigger than her thumb. Tens of thousands of Mormon cricket eggs buried about an inch deep in the soil be
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  • The ground surrounding Elko’s stretch of Interstate 80 looked as if it had been covered in blood. As the red color shifted and moved, she realized instead it was an infiltration of crickets, some bigger than her thumb.
  • Tens of thousands of Mormon cricket eggs buried about an inch deep in the soil began to hatch in late May and early June
  • The big red bugs leave behind a stench so horrible, akin to burning flesh, that it forces residents to plug their noses while driving. The critters stick to tires and the bottoms of shoes, and their carcasses are everywhere, even in gyms. When they move, it sounds like rain, Dolan says.
  • Outbreaks of Mormon crickets, which are native to the Great Basin and Intermountain West, have been recorded throughout history across the west — from Nevada and Montana to Idaho, Utah and Oregon. There are records of infestations dating to the 1930s
  • The Mormon cricket is not a true cricket but a shield-backed katydid

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