Desert yellow Locusts May become Endemic Warns Dr Wathe

Mature Locusts in Kitui County (yellow in colour) are now reportedly mating and laying eggs by inserting abdomen under the ground© PHOTO/FILE PHOTO
Kitui Deputy Governor Dr Wathe Nzau©, PHOTO/COUNTY DIARY

Kitui Deputy Governor Dr Wathe Nzau has warned that the continued invasion by desert locusts in Kitui might pose a serious threat in future — if the invasion is not properly handled, the COUNTY DIARY can now report.

The locusts eggs usually hatch in 21days and the nymph will ravage all vegetation as they are wingless & unable to fly.

Alternatively, the eggs may remain dormant for years & hatch when favourable condition become available.

“As such, the desert locusts will become an endemic in Kitui County, hence need for emergency preventive measures, Deputy Governor Kitui, Dr Wathe Nzau has warned.