There is a Red Sea locust warning in the UAE and it’s REAL
When the United Nations warned massive swarms of locusts were heading to Saudi Arabia and Egypt along the shores of the Red Sea, we didn’t take too much notice. Then, last month, Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra area was covered in a cloud of flying insects. And now they seem to be in Dubai, too.
This morning, much to our horror, an Ahlan! team member came across two gigantic locusts on a 12th floor balcony in Barsha Heights. EEK!
The UN is now asking the various countries in the flight path to take precautions.
"Good rains along the Red Sea coastal plains in Eritrea and Sudan have allowed two generations of breeding since October, leading to a substantial increase in locust populations and the formation of highly mobile swarms," the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said last week.
Here’s why the locusts are a problem: Adult locusts can eat their entire body weight in fresh vegetation every day. In fact, a small swarm can eat enough food for 35,000 people in a mere 24 hours.
Also, a female locust is able to lay around 300 eggs, meaning swarms can easily become miles wide made up of millions of insects, stripping the land bare as they pass through.
Our windows and doors are officially shut.