Study of pesky insect begins

Scientists now know a little bit more about the insect previously known as the “grass bug.”

Residents of Cricket Flat and other areas that saw plague-like numbers of the “grass bug” last summer may not see the insect disappear soon, but work to manage the pests is under way.

Darrin Walenta, Oregon State University Extension agronomist, said since September, when residents were reporting numbers of bugs so high they could hardly go outside, more scientists have teamed up to find out what exactly the “grass bugs” are — and how to manage them.

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