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Grasshoppers Invade Albuquerque NM 2014

Grasshoppers Invade Albuquerque NM 2014


Grasshoppers Invade Albuquerque NM 2014


Meteorologist as well as the public have been quite baffled by what appears to be severe storms in and around Albuquerque NM for the past several nights.  When you look up you see clear star filled skies with not a cloud in sight.  What could it be?


Finally it was determined that what appears to be strong storms showing up on radar is in fact swarms of grasshoppers!  Radar is picking them up in droves as high at 1,000 feet.  


Meteorologist and other officials say that the unreal number of grasshoppers are due to the drought and warmer than normal winter the Albuquerque area has endured.   


It’s crazy as we sit outside nightly enjoying the solitude of our backyard without seeing a single grasshopper.  But when we take an after dark bike ride or walk we certainly stir these undesired grasshoppers up!


These grasshoppers are feasting on our roses and other plants.  We haven’t actually seen them in action but we can go to bed late with full blooming flowers only to wake to find eaten blooms.  Dixie Dawg loves hearing the crunch of they make when when she bites down on them. She loves chasing them, killing them but they must taste bad to her because she has yet to actually eat a grasshopper.    

Grasshoppers Invade Albuquerque NM 2014

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Comment balloon 46 commentsJohn McCormack • June 04 2014 07:19AM


John -  You have grasshoppers killing your blooms.  Here in the Westchester NY area we get our shrubs eaten by deer.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago


What an amazing site on the radar to see these...Good for Dixie for trying to keep her environment grasshopper free.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 4 years ago

John, that's a lot of grasshoppers! I've never seen anything like this before. Let us hope they go away soon!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) over 4 years ago

Q Man~this is SO ironic, because four of us were JUST talking about cicadas last night! The 13 year vs the 17year cicadas/locusts. One of our friends was completely unaware of them, so another one told the story of having to wear sunglasses that she didn't care about, because they were so intense and thick and there were so many when she was in the south on a visit that they would scratch your glasses, your face--FREAKY. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 4 years ago

That is an amazing story.  That many creatures and no stripping of plants.  Interesting.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 4 years ago

Hi John - Wow! There must be ton of those to show up on radar like that. I hope they stay well to the south - I can just picture Mary guarding her garden all night long.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 4 years ago

I hear you John. Here, the deer have taken away Larry's beautiful gardens. He used to have a veggie garden too, but the deer got to enjoy them more than we did!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 4 years ago

That is just too weird Q Man.....

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

Thanks for telling us about your grasshoppers storm. It may be time to learn how to prepare them for snacks.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

John - How interesting that radar is picking up this high-density group of grasshoppers in the area.  A great local piece of information for those living in and around Albuquerque!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 4 years ago

That is plain disgusting John...I guess better than locust but still not good.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 4 years ago

John~ the abundance of grasshoppers can't be good, I bet they wreak havoc big-time... Good luck getting rid of them, I'm sure the flowers in your area want them gone, as well as you do...

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 4 years ago

That's a amazin invasion, John. I hope they disappear quickly.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) over 4 years ago


Amazing how this dry times creates all these unusual condition. I remember when I was young and we stopped in A for lunch on our way to Ohio and the 7 or 14 year cicadias hatched. They were everywhere. When you went to the bathroom, you could not walk without crunching 10 every step. cheers cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) over 4 years ago

Hello Debbie and John,  I guess maybe you can catch them and sell them for bait for fishing. 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

I hear they are good dipped in chocolate .LOL 

Sorry to hear they are eating your flowerss and plants it would upset me

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 4 years ago

John, before they figured out it was grasshoppers, it must have been a real mystery to see the storm images on the screen but nothing in the sky. It would have been interesting to be behind the scenes to witness... Good for Dixie Dawg!

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 4 years ago

Their diet for ornamental plants would be a bummer - and anything in abnormal numbers upsets our delicate ecological balance. Clouds of them is outright freaky and conjurs up a SciFi movie. Hope they dissipate soon.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 4 years ago

Well I guess as long as you don't get boils or the water does not get red you are going to be OK.  

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Hmmm... the only thought that comes to mind is EW! HA! I used to visit my grandmother in Texas and they would have swarms of bugs on the ground- crunch, crunch. Pretty crazy that there are so many that it is causing questions on radar!

Posted by Erin Bates (CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services) over 4 years ago

Good afternoon friends.


It's great to see everyone today and thank you for dropping by and checking out Albuquerque's grasshopper situation.  Indeed it's the craziest thing! 

I saw it on the CBS National news and have heard other National TV stations have picked the story up as well as the Weather Channel.  With this said it makes me believe it's even a more odd situation.  Believe me they can't move on, die out whatever it takes soon enough for me.  Debbie is livid each morning as she goes out to find yet more beautiful and much loved flowers beheaded.  At least Dixie Dawg is doing her part to help rid our yard of the crunchy things!

Again you are appreciated and I hope you're enjoying your day in and out of real estate! 

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 4 years ago

Wow John, that is unbelievable. What an interesting but pain in the butt issue. Mother Nature does some strange things.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

John:  Amazing!  Who would have thought this was possible??  Sorry to hear that they are being so destructive to local plants and vegatation ... 


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 4 years ago


Now this is an amazing event as a grasshopper invasion is not something most of us have never  heard of let alone have to deal with it! Gosh I hope these insects do not ruin your flowers/garden. Seeing the swarm on weather radar is also something truly remarkable. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 4 years ago

Hmmm, Grasshoppers showing up on radarI had no idea that was even possible, I woud hate to get caught in one of those storms.  Rain, I can deal with.

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) over 4 years ago

John, this is totally wild! I heard this on the national news yesterday and thought of you. I hope this event passes quickly. 

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 over 4 years ago

Hi John, That's amazing that they affect the radar that way. My wife has lots of roses, so just keep those pesty creatures in the southwest.  Please!

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 4 years ago

Howdy and afternoon John & Debbie

John & Debbie my AR friend, Grasshoppers sure can end-up doing a number.

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 4 years ago

John, that is pretty wild that the grasshoppers show up on radar like that.  It reminds me of the 17 year Cicada and all that they devoured.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 4 years ago
John: That is one of the oddest things I have heard...there must be millions of them if they are showing up as a mass on radar. Yuck!
Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 4 years ago

I so enjoyed playing with grasshoppers when I was a kid but as an adult, I am not so sure I would like to be swarmed by them! What an interesting discovery.

Posted by Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity. (RVA Home Team) over 4 years ago

Unbelievable but funny. Who knew that a grasshopper, or thousands of them would set off radar like a rain storm???

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 4 years ago


 You need to set Dixie Dawg and her likeness loose on ABQ! I hope you have a great week!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 4 years ago

Seriously? Wow. I can't believe they are swarming that big. I know about the damage they do. We have to work hard to control them in our garden. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 4 years ago

Good morning John. Interesting. I would have never thought that swarms of insects could be picked up by radar.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

That is crazy wild John.  There must be millions to show up on radar.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 4 years ago

The grasshoppers cause a lot of damage to crops across the whole world.

Posted by Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes, Broker in Charge/Owner (Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes) over 4 years ago

No offense but i sure hope they stay south, Even better i hope you can get them under control. I read about people hearing them munching. Have a great day

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 4 years ago


Let's make some grasshopper soup. Then again maybe not such a good idea for I too have heard they taste bad to stop from being eaten. I hear fried ones are ok, YUK cheers cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) over 4 years ago

John . . .  this sounds awful, I used to live in Africa and we'd eat fried grasshoppers...  they were crunchy too . . .  I'm just curious, what's the different between a swarm of grasshoppers and a swarm of locusts?  I'm a city boy, how do you know which is which?

Posted by Will Allen (Concept 360 Property Management) over 4 years ago

Slat Lake City can relate to this one.  Quit feeding Dixie Daug...she'll take care of the problem single-handed!  Would covering the flowers with burlap help?

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) over 4 years ago

That sounds very unpleasant, John. Maybe Dixie shouldn't be crunching on them.  You need a grasshopper umbrella or face guard.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 4 years ago

Crazy stuff we had to share with you guys!   You just can't make this stuff up!

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 4 years ago

John, How bizarre is this? Wow, what an amazing story.

Hope they do not last too long.

Eating all my hard worked blooms would really irritate and upset me.


Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 4 years ago

John-It must take an awful lot of those to show up on radar. That's a tough way to pay for a mild winter.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 4 years ago

John - What a nightmare. I remember that happening to us one year. Total nuisance! Good luck and I hope Dixy Dawg chases those critters out of your rose bushes!

Posted by Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens REALTOR®/Associate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties) over 4 years ago