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How to Get Rid of Grasshoppers

You spend a whole season growing your plants and perfecting your garden, only to have it eaten by a cloud of grasshoppers. Let’s face it; grasshoppers can eat half of their body weight EVERY DAY, so there goes your precious garden. If you discover that your leaves and stems have been chewed on, your plants have been most likely attacked by grasshoppers.

If uncontrolled, they cause infestations that can damage entire crops. In the US alone, grasshoppers consume 25% fodder every year. You can find them in reddish, green and brown colors with large hind legs that enable them to jump long distances.

If you happen to find grasshoppers, you don’t want to just let them roam around near your plants, thinking that they are harmless. They can be harmless to humans but not as much to your plants. The USDA has estimated that 10 adult grasshoppers are enough to damage an entire square yard of land. They can also spoil crops and pastures; as many as 7 adults on 10 acres of land could consume as much as a cow.

Grasshopper eggs are buried in the soil during summer where they pass through winter and hatch in spring. The newborns look for immediate food in their surroundings. It takes about 2 months to reach adult stages. As they keep growing, the food becomes sparse and they move over to other areas to feed. The adults keep consuming plants until winter kills them.

It is not possible to eliminate them completely because they are spread all around the world, except Antarctica. They are food for the birds, survive in dry, sunny climates and can be found in mountains, fields, meadows and grasslands. Gardens are the perfect food sources for grasshoppers since that is where they can consume in abundance and in the best possible conditions.

Therefore, at the first sign of attack on your plants, start taking action before you’re compelled to call for professional assistance. By that time, your garden may be rampaged to such an extent that you may not be able to grow new plants.

Use plants that repel them

Your garden is an attractive place for the grasshopper to be so you want to begin with making your garden an unattractive food source for them. You could use the following plants on the perimeter of your garden to keep them at bay:

  • Jasmine

  • Lilac

  • Salvia

  • Juniper

  • Crepe myrtles  

  • Mass roses

  • Cilantro

  • Calendula

  • Sweet clover

Grasshoppers don’t like consuming these flowers or herbs so this would help in maintaining your garden.  

And there’s more…

Grasshoppers hate vegetables such as, tomatoes and peas. This strategy has worked for a few people so give it a try. Since you would need these vegetables for your regular meals anyway, you should have no trouble planting them.

Furthermore, you want grasshoppers to settle in places away from your garden. You could try planting tall grass as that is where grasshoppers reside and feed. If it’s good enough for them, it should keep them out of your garden.

You can also use customized sprays on the outskirts of your house to repel them. Cayenne pepper spray has been known to work well in keeping the grasshoppers away. You can get hot pepper sprays easily from stores and use them to coat your plants. Grasshoppers hate the taste of pepper so they won’t eat your plants and you’ll be able to keep them out in the long-term.

You may hate the smell of garlic but even garlic sprays can go a long way in repelling grasshoppers. It’s better to get customized solutions from stores because they use highly concentrated ingredients to keep the hoppers away. You may have to spray a large amount on your plants, stones and around the house.

Pesticides

If there are grasshoppers in your garden, you may want to use pesticides to kill them. Neem oil is proven to repel grasshoppers, disinfect, obstruct egg-laying process and slow down growth. Thus, by the end of the season, you may have fewer hoppers.

You could also use Eco Bran if you’re concerned about not harming the beneficial insects. The ingredients are customized so that they work only on grasshoppers and close species, not birds and other insects. It is effective for small houses when you don’t want a dent in your pocket by having professionals in dealing with the hoppers.

Grasshopper control around the house, you can use a residual insecticide such as Reclaim IT to spray the yard and perimeter to really take them out.  If you find a grasshopper or two in your house, trying to sweep them off would make them jump and escape so you could either use a pesticide, dispose it OR you could try catching it in a jar and dispose it outside away from your home.

Chickens

You could try keeping chickens and ducks as pets as these birds love consuming hoppers. These can provide you with a fresh supply of eggs daily as well as help you get rid of unwanted hoppers.

To attracts birds, you could start putting bird feed; eventually, a large number of birds would be coming to your garden and feed on hoppers whenever they spot them. If you’re worried about your garden being attacked by birds, try setting up posts where the birds can settle and feast on hoppers whenever they spot them.  

There is no one solutions to control grasshoppers in your garden or home, but we at Solutions Pest and Lawn can offer you the most professional informed solutions, so you can DIY your Grasshopper Control.

 

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