Residents of Wajir and Mandera Counties have resorted to desperate methods to scare away armies of desert locusts that invaded parts of the devolved units five days ago from neighbouring Somalia.
According to reports, others resorted to reading the Koran to get rid of the flying pests.
In some areas, police who were providing security to residents were seen shooting in the air to scare the locusts.
“The police may have used rubber bullets in some instances to scare the pests away but they were there specifically to provide the residents with security as the area where the insects first settled is a terror hotspot,” Hassan Gure, a county agricultural official, said.
All this comes as the government remains mum on the invasion that is threatening to wipe out much-needed animal pasture.
Mr Gure said that by Wednesday evening, the swarm had migrated into Marsabit County.
However, their celebration was short lived as another colony of desert locusts migrated into northern Kenya from Ethiopia Wednesday evening.
Reports indicate that the flying pests got into the county via Bute and Gurar areas in Wajir North before settling seven kilometres from Bute town.
Residents again spent the better part of Thursday repelling the pests.
“We expect the helicopter to begin aerial spraying in the county by Monday. A vehicle carrying pesticides is also on the way to Wajir,” he said.
Officials expressed fears that if not tackled on time, the swarm of locusts could spread to other areas.
A section of local leaders and residents blamed the government for lack of disaster preparedness and failure to act on time despite knowing that the pests could migrate to Kenya.