(HERALD, Calif.) — Brian and Deborah Campbell’s backyard has been hit by a plague straight out of the Bible. Locusts, thousands of them, are eating through their commercial garden, destroying crops and leaving the once-thriving area nearly completely barren.
“We don’t know what to do,” Deborah Campbell told local television station KCRA. “We don’t know how to stop it. We’re just breeding them now.”
The locusts have also infested the garden of Brad Lucchese. They have decimated his produce, eating everything but the tomatoes. Lucchese told KCRA that his chickens are having a field day feasting upon the locusts. However, there aren’t nearly enough chickens to stop the thousands of bugs.
As of Wednesday, the problem is confined to a relatively small area in the town of Herald, Calif., known as “the grove,” but locals fear that it will grow and spread, infesting more gardens and threatening vineyards in the area.
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Melissa Stern, WDAF
Tom Kludt, CNN