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Mormon crickets sweep across Jordan Valley area

Mormon crickets are small but make a big impact as the Jordan Valley area found out recently when the tiny insects rolled over the area. (The Enterprise/Rosanne Zueger)

JORDAN VALLEY – Mormon crickets may chirp, but sometimes they crunch too.

Drivers on U.S. 95 in the Jordan Valley area in recent weeks have run over so many during the current outbreak that state highway workers had to bring out sweepers to clear the road.

And then they laid down chip seal – an oil-and-gravel mix – to help motorists keep traction.

The wave of Mormon crickets migrated into the Jordan Valley area of Malheur County two weeks ago but now seems to be diminishing.

This year U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the risk of large outbreaks of crickets in eastern Oregon was . . .