Mormon cricket populations continue to rise

NDA to host open meetings Feb. 20-22 to discuss Mormon cricket and grasshopper infestation control throughout Nevada

SPARKS, Nev. - February 15, 2019

The Nevada Department ofAgriculture (NDA), in cooperation with United States Department of Agriculture Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, will conduct a series of public meetings to discuss proposed Mormon cricket and grasshopper population management. 

“Mormon cricket and grasshopper populations have been on the rise for the last couple of years,” Jeff Knight, state entomologist for the NDA, said. “Significant numbers were found north of Reno in the Red Rock area, south of Winnemucca, near Paradise Valley and in and around Austin last year.”

The NDA and PPQ will treat areas with the goal of protecting crops and public safety. Meetings will be held throughout the state to discuss possible management strategies and products used for control. Citizen roles and how to report and manage infestations on private property will also be discussed.

The meetings will take place at the following times and locations:






Feb. 20, 2019

3:00 p.m.

Nevada Department of Agriculture

405 S. 21st Street

Sparks, NV 89431


Feb. 21, 2019

9:00 a.m.

Humboldt County Cooperative Extension

1082 Fairgrounds Road

Winnemucca, NV 89445


Feb. 21, 2019

1:00 p.m.

Lander County Cooperative Extension

815 N. 2nd Street

Battle Mountain, NV 89820


Feb. 21, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Nevada Department of Agriculture

4780 E. Idaho Street

Elko, NV 89801


Feb. 22, 2019

10:00 a.m.

Eureka Natural Resource Center

10 N. Monroe Street

Eureka, NV 89316


Feb. 22, 2019

1:00 p.m.

Austin Ranger District Office

100 Midas Canyon Road

Austin, NV 89310


For more information, view the agenda or contact Jeff Knight at (775) 353-3767 or

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.