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Insect Invaders Repelled by Rock Music

Insect Invaders Repelled by Rock Music

Starting around May of each year, a plague of Mormon crickets blanket parts of northern Nevada and western Utah. The two-inch-long insects have been known to march in columns two miles long and a mile across, devastating crops and causing car accidents. Last year the swarm was so numerous that snowplows had to be called to scrape their corpses off of a highway in Elko County, Nevada. Residents of the tiny town of Tuscarora have come up with their own novel way of repelling the insect invaders—they aim boom boxes toward the desert and blast local rock station KHIX from dawn to dusk. More at WSJ.com.

Graphic by Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

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