KELOWNA – Grasshoppers may be small but in large numbers they’re causing big headaches for some this summer.
Residents of one street near Kelowna are particularly hard hit; the insects are proving to be a major annoyance.
“They’re on our lawn, on the house, they’ve attacked most of the plants and flowers,” says resident Kevin McCarron.
“It’s a bad grasshopper year,” says Susanna Acheampong an entomologist with the provincial Ministry of Agriculture.
Acheampong says grasshopper go through cycles.
“Usually [an outbreak] is proceeded by very dry warm weather for continuous years and then you end up having these grasshopper outbreaks,” she adds.
But if residents want anything done about the unwanted guests, they’ll have to take matters into their own hands.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan says they are not able to do anything about grasshoppers because the hoppers are not listed as a noxious insect in their bylaw.