For those of you that want to experience something different than a Las Vegas show, you might consider trekking up to Northern Nevada and watch something way different: the Mormon cricket show.
Growing up to 2 inches long as adults, the Mormon crickets swarm in groups thousands strong, devouring lawns, gardens, livestock forage and crops.
The infestation of the Mormon crickets, made infamous by nearly destroying the crops of Utah’s Mormon settlers in 1848, began spreading to Nevada about eight years ago and peeked in 2005, when roughly 12 million acres of the state were taken over by the bugs. Now, the scope of the infestation is down to about 1 million acres.
The biggest Nevada concentration of the crickets is reportedly north of Elk, Independence Valley, up toward Owyhee, Mountain City, and Jarbidge.
Last year, efforts to control the pests cost about $280,000, the year the costs are predicted to be the same or a little less.