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Desert Locust Bulletin, No 480, Septemer 2018

The Desert Locust situation continued to remain calm during September

Small-scale breeding occurred throughout the month in parts of the northern Sahel between Mauritania and western Eritrea, but it was very difficult to detect during surveys as locust numbers remained extremely low and insignificant. As good rains continued to fall in most places, summer breeding is likely to continue during October while thereafter vegetation will probably start to dry out. This may cause locusts to concentrate in a few areas such as western Mauritania and eastern Sudan. Isolated adults may also appear in areas of recent rainfall in Western Sahara, northern Mauritania and southeast Egypt. In northwest Africa, local breeding continued in central Algeria where 406 ha were treated. Good rains fell on the Red Sea coastal plains in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and, to a lesser extent, in Eritrea. Small-scale winter breeding may commence early in these areas. Limited breeding occurred on the northwest coast of Somalia. In South-West Asia, locust numbers remained low where the monsoon withdrew from the Indo-Pakistan summer breeding areas at the end of September.

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