Currently, swarms of locusts have been causing havoc all over the world but particularly in East Africa and South Asia. But as the pests continue to breed in significant numbers, experts have warned about the possibility of the infestation spreading to thirty other countries by June.
As this news breaks, China is in the process of herding their own army of ducks in order to battle the plague of locusts and you'll never believe why ducks have been the warriors chosen to fight this war...
Keep reading for all the details about this global emergency...
We are in the midst of a global pest crisis.
via: Getty ImagesLocust plagues have currently taken over East Africa and South Asia. It's gotten so bad in some areas that national emergencies have been declared.
It started back in 2018 when we saw our climate change drastically.
via: Getty ImagesDue to heavy rainfall across the Arabian Peninsula throughout 2018-19, it allowed "three generations of unprecedented breeding" within the locus species. Despite their life span only ranging from 3-5 months, the rate at which they're mating completely outweighs their deaths.
And according to experts, each female locust averages 158 children at a time.
via: Getty ImagesAnd each one can breed a total of 3 times.
This meant that locust numbers rose to almost 200 billion this year.
via: Getty ImagesAnd due to their immense numbers, they have started collecting in swarms, destroying crops, and land which has, in turn, limited food sources for many countries.
The hardest hit of them all has been Somalia.
via: Getty ImagesThe country declared a national emergency while other African countries such as Ethiopia and Kenya are struggling to maintain their crops as the number of desert locusts steadily increases.
The United Nations warned against the pests.
via: Getty ImagesDesert locusts happen to be the most destructive breed and the UN reported that the swarms are so thick that they have become "blankets" of yellow and black, sometimes packed so densely that it is hard to see the ground.
And as the numbers continue to rise, the fear that this infestation may spread is looking likely.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to Business Insider, the increase could grow approximately 500 times and travel across borders into thirty other countries before we reach June.
The damage has been very expensive.
via: Getty ImagesPreviously, in order to control the number of locusts has reached a whopping $450 million and is set to rise as the battle continues.
The UN is currently seeking an extra $130 million from international donors.
via: Getty ImagesBut as the climate crisis continues to provide the pests with the perfect environment to produce more babies, it seems as though food shortages and the destruction of agricultural land will become more common.
Experts are looking for other methods to minimize them...
via: GettPesticides were the first protocol, but they are very expensive and can have further detrimental effects on the environment.
So China decided they would find another more effective method.
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"Why ducks?" I hear you ask.
via: Getty ImagesWell, ducks can eat up to 200 locusts a day and compared to any other locust-eating species, they have a better collective mentality and are much more structured.
And since the threat of a locust infestation from neighboring Pakistan is looking highly likely, it's important to be prepared.
via: Getty ImagesNumbers have also risen in India too.
The army is not going to be sent in straight away though.According to Lu Lizhi, a senior researcher with the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said the ducks are "biological weapons" that will be used in a "trial" beforehand.
Previously, China had carried out the same experiment with a similar infestation.Twenty years ago, in the north-western Xinjiang region, ducks were used to control a similar locust infestation and the outcome proved to be effective.
And getting to the root of the problem is crucial.
via: Getty ImagesLocusts, especially when they are in the "immature" stage, they can eat their own body weight in food which equals to meals for up to 35,000 people per day.
Everyone seems to think this is a pretty good idea!
@BBCWorld RELEASE THE QUACKEN!— Nikki Kennedy🌹 (@Nikki Kennedy🌹)1582803984.0
It's 100,000, but it's true...It's time to win the duckin' war on locusts.
They are pretty brave...
@cnbcwatcher90 @BBCWorld Those brave souls going off to battle. Godspeed— Benjamin Miller (@Benjamin Miller)1582814287.0