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Texas farmers fighting hordes of grasshoppers

POSTED: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 4:04pm

Dee Johnson is dealing with a pesky problem on his Denton County ranch in Texas.

"We've got grasshoppers-green ones, yellow ones, black ones, maybe some purple ones in here,” said Johnson. “And they're just eating the plants like crazy."

The cattle rancher says his hay fields have fallen victim to swarms of grasshoppers and other bugs.

Johnson says the insects are eating his grass and are beginning to feast on his hay crop with the trees and shrubs becoming the next targets.

Besides being a nuisance, the grasshoppers are costing him money.

Dennis Smith, owner of a farm store, says insecticide sales have spiked as the grasshopper invasion has not been this bad since the mid-90s.

Smith says a warm winter and mild spring could be reasons to blame for this big problem and people with lots of land aren't the only ones targeted.

Homeowners and farmers alike should heed the warning as the grasshoppers are making their way towards Dallas.

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