Latest Mass Animal Death: Crickets

millions-of-crickets-dying-in-zoospet-stores-arou-31727-1294845607-2I’m not sure how many signs of the apocalypse we’ve now experienced this season, but it’s a high tally. In the latest disturbing mass wildlife die-off, MSNBC reports that a paralyzing virus is killing crickets by the million:

A virus has killed millions of crickets raised to feed pet reptiles and those kept in zoos. The cricket paralysis virus has disrupted supplies to pet shops across North America as a handful of operators have seen millions of their insects killed.

Some operations have gone bankrupt and others have closed indefinitely until they can rid their facilities of the virus.

Cricket farms started in the 1940s as a source of fish bait, but the bulk of sales now are to pet supply companies, reptile owners and zoos, although people also eat some. Most U.S. farms are in the South, but suppliers from Pennsylvania to California also raise crickets.

The virus had swept through European cricket farms in 2002. It was first noticed in 2009 in the U.S. and Canada.

8 Comments on "Latest Mass Animal Death: Crickets"

  1. justagirl | Jan 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm |

    LOL!!! …sorry. *giggles*
    you guys are funny.

  2. justagirl | Jan 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm |

    LOL!!! …sorry. *giggles*
    you guys are funny.

  3. I’m beginning to wonder if the mainstream media WANTS people to start flippin’ out….

  4. I’m beginning to wonder if the mainstream media WANTS people to start flippin’ out….

  5. Yes they do! I raise crickets and this virus has been around for over a year now!

  6. Yes they do! I raise crickets and this virus has been around for over a year now!

  7. Aminor14th | Feb 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

    Any hope of the virus killing other pests like bedbugs?

  8. Aminor14th | Feb 28, 2011 at 9:38 am |

    Any hope of the virus killing other pests like bedbugs?

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