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New South Wales 'Too Wet For Locust Checks'

24 August 2010

AUSTRALIA – The ground across much of the Australian state New South Wales is currently too moist for work to identify the extent of locust hatchings to go ahead.

According to ABC News, the Australian Plague Locust Commission had expected locusts to start emerging from the ground across the Tibooburra-Wanaaring region this month.

Chris Adriaansen, a representative of the commission, however, told the news provider that inspectors would need to wait to check for locusts by air.

"Ground surveillance is going to be incredibly difficult up in that country because of the amount of water," he said.

Mr Adriaansen went on to explain that the commission would need to wait for dense locust populations to emerge before aerial surveys could be conducted to establish the position and extent of infestations.

Earlier this week, ABC News reported that hot weather in western parts of Queensland was expected to prompt large swarms of spur-throated locusts to move into other areas of the country.

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