Kiel Auguste removes hundreds of locusts from the wall of his home at Cachipe Village, Moruga yesterday.

Extensive spraying has resumed with an aim of controlling millions of locusts that have been wreaking havoc in Moruga. Spray teams have been killing the insects at La Savanne and Burton Trace, where residents reported the invasion of swarms.Resident Kiel Auguste of Cachipe Village said he was no longer picking up buckets of dead insects.”Nobody ever came by me to spray. I have been battling it out on my own but we thank God the locusts are not as bad as before,” Auguste said.He said most of the hoppers have moved out of Cachipe Village, Moruga and have been sighted in other areas. Meanwhile, on its Facebook page, the Ministry of Agriculture said spraying exercises took place on three consecutive days at La Savanne.”The Locust Control Team at Victoria County also sprayed the forest edges adjacent to the Moruga Food Crop Project on several occasions. These management initiatives continue to be executed in a targeted manner to ensure that the processes are environmentally sustainable,” the Ministry added.Last week in an exclusive interview with Guardian Media, Chief Technical Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture Dr Simone Titus said locusts bands were now merging rather than remaining separate.She said there were 20 traditional egg beds identified in South Trinidad but the locusts were now being seen in non-traditional areas. She explained that clearance of forests, as well as climate change, may also be responsible for the changes being seen in the infestations annually.”The Ministry recognizes that the change in climatic conditions resulted globally in large outbreaks of locusts and it would be reasonable to assume, that the Moruga grasshopper may also be affected by the climatic change,” she said.She added, “It was observed that the frequency of grasshoppers outbreaks appears to be in response to increased human activities in areas that were previously forested and perhaps part of their natural habitat.” “These activities include agricultural encroachment and forest clearing,” she said, adding, “The recent discovery of egg beds in non-traditional sites has been attributed to the increased destruction of their traditional habitats.She said the Moruga Grasshopper or ‘Moruga Locust’ (previously called the Courtac in creole) is an indigenous grasshopper that has been recognized as a pest in Trinidad since 1918. The Ministry teams are expected to conduct further spraying today at La Rufin, La Savanne and Cachipe.