RENO, Nev. — Congress has approved $20 million to help combat Mormon cricket infestation in Nevada, Utah and Idaho. Also, for the first time, the money can be spent on private as well as public land.
The money will be divided equally among the three states to help control and eradicate the hopping pests, officials said.
This past summer saw one of the worst infestations of Mormon crickets in Idaho in 60 years, but it subsided before there was major crop damage.
About 500,000 acres of Idaho land were infested. At the peak, crickets were spread out across 160,000 acres in Elmore County alone.