New Mexico: Many more grasshoppers have hatched than usual, the most in 20 years

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Insect swarm: The grasshoppers showed up as a green cloud on radars, prompting technicians to check they were still functioning in the absence of any rain

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Technicians initially thought their equipment was malfunctioning when they saw several unexplained clusters.

‘We really thought that our radar was broke,’ Brent Wachter, a forecaster from the National Weather Service told ABC News.

‘So we sent our technicians out there a couple of times and we couldn’t find anything wrong so we had to call the National Radar Depot in Oklahoma.’

Some citizens want the state to spray insecticides for the insects, but John R. Garlisch, extension agent at Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service says it will be ineffective.

‘It is a nuisance to people because they fly into people’s faces while walking, running, and biking. They are hopping into people’s homes and garages, they splatter the windshield and car grill while driving, and they will eat people’s plants,’ Garlisch told ABC News, but that ‘this, too, shall pass.’

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