Billions of locusts hatched in southern Israel
Billions of newly hatched locusts are spreading throughout Israel's South.
The young locusts identified in the Negev Desert area are the offspring of locust swarms that entered Israel from Egypt in March.
They are unable to fly and are not yet big enough to cause crop damage, according to reports. Once the young locusts begin to fly, in about a week's time, they could cause serious damage to southern Israeli fruit and vegetable crops.
Spraying of the locusts as they were laying eggs was not as effective as anticipated, according to reports.
A swarm of 30 million locusts first appeared near Cairo on March 2 and caused millions of dollars worth of crop damage in Egypt.
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Another swarm of locusts in Israel sparks new concerns
Another swarm of locusts entered Israel, spurring concerns that they will continue to infest the country for several weeks.
A new swarm was discovered in southern Israel on Saturday.
Locusts have been discovered mating and laying eggs throughout Israel's South, Globes reported, citing the Ministry of Agriculture.
The ministry said it will concentrate on the new swarms and spray the other locations later, even after the eggs are hatched, since the newly hatched locusts cannot fly. New swarms could come from several directions.
According to the ministry, the locusts have not caused great damage to crops.
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