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:

NDA hosting meetings on Mormon Cricket and Grasshopper Infestation Control Through Nevada





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.