LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - An invasion of grasshoppers seems to be sweeping into Central Arkansas near the end of summer. The grasshoppers have been spotted camping on the side of buildings and sunbathing on the hood of cars around town.
Green grass and healthy flowers may be the cause. More of those two things means more food for grasshoppers to live off of.
Travis Newvy, a customer at a gas station in downtown Little Rock, said they've never seen anything like it before. Just days before the gas station was swarmed by hundreds of the light green critters.
"It was a conversation piece to say the least. People were amazed and you couldn't see out the windows," said gas station clerk Denise Bernhardt.
One morning the manager of the gas station literally swept the grasshoppers off the windows. Customers also noticed the insects covering the gas pumps and the entrance. The grasshoppers had found the gas station and called it home for about a week and a half.
Entomologist John Hopkins said, "The reason people are seeing a lot of them is because environmental conditions are such that they support the growth of that grasshopper population."
Hopkins said our rainy summer is to blame. The higher than normal rainfall has created the perfect environment for the grasshoppers.
"They're going to be more spread out everywhere because everything's green," he said.
While grasshoppers pose no harm to humans, it was still the talk of the town. The grasshoppers won't stick around for long. When the temperatures drop, the grasshoppers say a final goodbye until next summer.