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Stink bugs join grasshoppers as latest pests to invade Southern Nevada

Posted: 9:35 AM, Jul 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-28 12:43:37-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Instead of our visitors; it’s been the "grasshoppers gone wild" on the Las Vegas Strip for almost a week now.

"They were everywhere,” said visitors. “You can't even go outside and sit at certain restaurants because they are just everywhere."

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Seemingly on vacation from their normal habitat, they've been seen frequenting all of our favorite attractions. Videos showing grasshoppers on The Strip have gone viral and are being shared all across the world.

They've even caused false rain returns on our Doppler radars.

Now the grasshoppers are joined by some more pesky pests who will spend some time in our valley.

Arriving right now are the stink bugs.

"They're a huge agricultural pest,” said Trent English of Truly Nolen Pest Control. “And in large numbers they destroy crops. And just like grasshoppers or locusts they can invade."

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There are several species of stink bug, but English said the green stink bug is most common in Southern Nevada.

Viewers sent videos to 13 Action News showing so many stink bugs they were sweeping them off their porches and doors.

English said we are in the middle of their mating season. A wet winter and spring also helped increase their numbers.

"If you happen to be one of those unfortunate people that happens to crush these things it will emit a chemical that is followed by a very foul odor, thus the stink bug label,” English said.

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That odor attracts even more of the smelly pests. And like the grasshoppers, they are also attracted to ultraviolet light. Trent advises using bug lights.

"It’s the yellow amber coated bulb and it dials back that fluorescent illumination of that bright light," said English.

English said that will make areas around your home or businesses a little less attractive until our unwelcome visitors finally decide to visit somewhere else.