The best option to manage desert locusts is to manage them at their breeding sites with sustainable options, such as biopesticides.
Locust outbreaks are driven by unusual climatic conditions.
Eating locusts is an old strategy used to get food after locusts devastated crops, but things have changed.
The pandemic has exposed how vulnerable we are to unexpected climate shocks.
Currently, outbreaks are managed using chemical pesticides or an insect fungus. Neither is a good option.
Changing weather modifies insect traits and can have an impact on their food, natural enemies and predators.
The best way of dealing with desert locust, as other locust species, is to adopt a preventive management strategy.