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How to Control Treehoppers

When you are growing a garden in your yard, you’re going to inevitably come in contact with garden pests that want to feed on your vegetation. If you’ve been in the gardening game for awhile, you know about your aphids, your mites, weevils and caterpillars but there might be one that may leave you scratching your head when you discover them upon your plants and flowers and that is the treehopper.


These little sap suckers are becoming more and more common on in gardens and landscapes and they love to bounce from plant to plant. While they relatively pose little harm to gardens, an outbreak of treehoppers invading your lawn can be annoying. We here at Solutions Pest and Lawn know just how to get rid of these buggers and will share with you below the best methods of eliminating treehoppers and the best products on the market to wipe them out of your garden.


Treehopper Background Information


Treehoppers (Stictocephala) are insects from the Membracidae family and have up to 12,000 different species. Treehoppers are also popularly known but others names like leafhoppers, torpedo bugs, treehoppers, and lantern flies. They are called treehoppers because of their tendency to jump or hop when approached or startled. Some treehoppers can jump as high as 2 feet. The various species of treehoppers come in different colors and patterns and can be found in most parts of the world, even in the colder arctic areas.


Adults treehoppers are about ¼ inch long and can be green, white, bluish-black, brown, or spotted. Their wings are reminiscent of a leaf while the head is tiny and pointed. The young nymphs are wide, flat, and do not have wings.


You can usually tell if a treehopper has been present by their trademark they leave behind on flowers and leaves; a waxy white filament which can also harbor mold. While this debris is not harmful to the plant but they do make the plants appearance look unkempt as the leaves become white and speckled in sports due to the treehoppers feeding on the sap.


Popular plants and trees that treehoppers can be commonly found on include maple, apple, cottonwood, dogwood, poplar, willow, grapes, roses, and oak as well as some ornamental plants. Female treehoppers can do damage to the bark of trees when they are laying eggs. Using her

saw-like ovipositor, the female treehopper makes slits in the plant stem tissue where she deposits her eggs. Some eggs are laid on top of leaves or stems. Other species sit on the

eggs to protect them from predators and parasites. Females will also buzz her

wings whenever intruders are nearby to try and fend them off. Eggs hatch after about twenty days, after which the female stays and tends to her colony.


Tips on Getting Rid of Treehoppers

There rarely is a need to treat these bugs with pesticides as they aren’t destructive pests, rather they’re just minor nuisances. If you have a small outbreak of treehoppers in your yard and frequenting your garden you can simply spray them away with a strong stream from a garden hose. You could also set sticky traps around your garden to catch them if they are persistent in hanging around your yard.


Solutions Product Recommendations

Luckily, getting rid of treehoppers with chemical control is fairly easy. We recommend on the the conventional broad spectrum pesticides like ones which contain bifenthrin like Reclaim IT Insecticide or Bifen IT Insecticide, or a permethrin based insecticide like Flex 10-10 Insecticide. These products are excellent because they not only take care of treehoppers, they can eliminate a large number of household pests. What you choose largely depends upon your budget as they are all effective products.


Browse our top products for treehopper control below. For more information, be sure to check out our knowledge base for helpful articles or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com. You can also call us or chat with us online and we’ll be happy to assist you with your order or help you with expert DIY advice.

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