(NEWSER) – Cue the locusts: Some 30 million of the insects descended on Egypt over the weekend, in a development that had the country's agricultural ministry scrambling to deploy insecticide-spraying helicopters to contain the outbreak. The main swarm appears to be centered around Giza, near southern Cairo, where Ynet reports that many residents were burning car tires to ward off the pests.
Meanwhile, the Times of Israel reports that Egypt's ag minister was pleading with residents to let authorities deal with the infestation: "The armed forces and the Egyptian border units are trying to battle the swarm," he said. "I ask the families living in the area afflicted with the swarm to not light car tires. It doesn't drive the locusts away, it only causes damage."