Over the years, finding ways to eliminate insects that pose a threat to plants’ healthy growth has become a matter of concern for gardeners. A 90 per cent possibly that most vegetable garden beds surrounded by grass may get unwanted visitors such as grasshoppers. A prevalent indication that grasshoppers have found their way into your vegetable garden beds is when you start to notice holes in your crop leaves. If vast numbers of spots are present, then there is a high chance that you may lose your entire harvest for the season to grasshoppers.

What comes to most gardeners that have been faced with problems like this is how to protect the crops from mass destruction. Luckily, research has given us various organic pest control methods to help protect crops from infections.

Crops like beans, sweet corn, onions, tomatoes, peas, lettuce need a whole lot of focus because grasshoppers are mostly fond of them.

How to get rid of grasshoppers eating plants in the garden

a. Introduction or encouragement of predators.

b. Neem oil.

c. Soil cared. No bait

e. Hot pepper wax.

f. Provide an attractive habitat

g. Carbaryl dust

h. Protect your plants.

a. Introduction or encouragement of predators.

One way to drastically reduce or control the number of grasshoppers in your garden is by making them food for others. Animals like turkeys, guinea hens, chickens and even ducks love to feed on a grasshopper. Suppose you do not like the idea of having any of these types of animals in your garden.

In that case, you can use birdseed to lure larks, as well as bluebirds, or even kestrels to the area of infestation so that they can help you reduce the number of grasshopper present in your garden. One interesting fact you should be aware of is that cats also help a great deal in getting rid of grasshoppers.

b. Neem oil
Neem oil performs two functions. Its primary function is to work as a hormone that makes infected insects forget to eat. The insect dies of starvation. Therefore, vegetable crop leaf covered in neem oil may still show a little damage, but insects that ingest neem will have no choice but to stay away for the time being. The other function of neem oil is that it works as a scent repellent.

c. Soil care
Tilling your Soil in autumn helps to expose grasshopper eggs. Till the soil again in the spring to prevent unwanted plants from growing since grasshoppers love to hide in unwanted plants. You can introduce living fungi spores of nosema locustae to help infect and kill some types of grasshoppers. Furthermore, having biologically active SoilSoil helps speed up the growth of organisms and microorganisms that can cause diseases in grasshoppers.

d. Nolo bait
No Bait is not universally available in all states of the world. It is an organic spore that helps to eradicate grasshoppers and Mormon crickets. One interesting fact about Nolo bait is that it passes from one grasshopper to the other once they are infected.

e. Hot pepper wax
Hot pepper wax is sold as a liquid spray. Insects are supposedly affected by the taste, and will not eat plant leaves. The product works on soft-bodied plants.

f. Provide an attractive habitat
Since it has become apparent that grasshoppers like to stay in tall grasses and unwanted plants, you can consider the option of providing an area of natural grass very close to your garden to attract the grasshoppers. Providing them with another habitation may help remove them from your garden and redirect their attention to the grasses.

g. Carbaryl dust
Carbaryl dust or spray is yet another way to get rid of grasshoppers from your garden. The report has shown that carbaryl dust is beneficial. I advise that you use this method only when the grasshoppers have gone out of control.

Important things to note about this method:

i. The carbaryl dust method can cost inhibitive if used on extensive gardens. Study shows that a 2000 square foot lawn will need 10 pounds of carbaryl dust which is sold at nearly 20 dollars each

h. Protect your plants

Study shows that grasshoppers do not bother to try to invade physical barriers. Hence, the use of fabric or aluminium window screening may help to protect your plants against grasshoppers. Note that some species have been known to chew through the fabric. Therefore, I strongly advise you to go for aluminium window screening.

How to get rid of grasshoppers in the house

Grasshoppers come inside the house when the weather condition outside is too hot or too cold for them. They are very destructive towards plants, most especially vegetables. They are also very similar to other household pests like caterpillars.

This is because they reproduce very quickly.

There are many reasons why you can find grasshoppers in your house. The most common sense is that they are hatching from eggs. During dry seasons, they feast on your garden before winter comes. It is during dry seasons that people tend to notice them as they find their way into homes. This is to say that once condition favours them with perfect temperature, together with the availability of food (most especially vegetables) and mating, you will find a whole lot of them outside your apartment.

Grasshoppers can be easily recognized. They have a long sharp hind leg which they use to hop. Aside from that, they also have an extended pair of antennae and six limbs. They also have a couple of long wings which extends down to their backs.

12 ways to get rid of grasshoppers naturally at home

Natural homemade disinfectant is by far better than store-bought. With the use of some organic methods, you can prevent grasshoppers from infesting your plants. Research has given us several ways to avoid grasshoppers from destroying your vegetable garden, but the most common is to spray the plant leaves with essential oils like neem oil, garlic spray, hot pepper and so on.

Below are some of these homemade remedies. They are tested and trusted.

  1. Use neem oil
    Neem oil is a potent pest disinfectant that helps to stop the growth of insects. It is gotten from the seed of a neem tree. To use this method to eradicate insects, most especially grasshoppers, all you need to do is to mix two tablespoons of neem oil plus one gallon of water. Shake the solution thoroughly and spray it on the plant. Neem oil can be purchased online or at any nursery shop around you.
  2. Molasses

The use of molasses is yet another effective way of eradicating these pests. Molasses consist of a sweet smell and are known to attract grasshoppers.

To eradicate grasshoppers, all you need to do is mix a couple of tablespoons of dilute molasses and water in a small bowl. Now, place the bowl in the most affected area. The grasshoppers will find their way by themselves into the water because of the attractive smell.

You can as well try a different method. Bury several plastic tops cut off bottles in your garden. Fill them halfway with ten per cent water and one per cent molasses. Once the insects perceive the sweet smell, they dive into the water on their own accord and drown.

Important things to note about this method:

i. The traps must be cleaned and refilled after capturing some.

ii. I recommend you use plantation blackstrap molasses.

  1. Boric Acid

Boric acid is very useful in getting rid of insects such as grasshoppers, ants, cockroaches, garden pests and even termites. It is used as an insecticide, fungicide or even herbicide. Spray the boric acid on the affected parts of the plant. The grasshoppers tend to die of starvation or dehydration when the substance affects their metabolism and their ability to absorb nutrients.

Important things to note about this method:

i. Boric acid can be purchased online or any nursery close to you.

ii. I recommend you use humour holding boric acid to achieve the best result.

  1. Diatomic Earth

Diatomic earth is yet another effective home solution to get rid of grasshoppers. Ever heard of the diatomic world? It is a mighty power that is made by turning the skeletons of algae into powdered form. It can be used freely; this is because it is safe for pets.

All you need to do is make sure that the parts you are going to sprinkle the powder are not wet as water affects its efficiency. Diatomic earth tends to cause dehydration in grasshoppers.

Important things to note about this method:

i. It is less expensive

ii. Diatomic earth can be purchased at any food store or amazon.

  1. Sorghum

The use of sorghum is another way to get rid of grasshoppers. Grasshoppers do not like sorghum.

Therefore, you can decide to use this method by planting sorghum very close to your garden to chase them away.

  1. Take the Eggs Out of the Ground

Grasshoppers lay their eggs on both the infested leaves and on the ground. If you dig up the ground where they lay their eggs, it will most definitely prevent the pest’s further spread.

As earlier stated, grasshoppers lay their eggs during the dry season. They stay underground during winter, and they hatch in the early spring. Therefore, it is advised that you destroy the eggs before they hatch.

  1. Birds and Chickens

Both birds and chickens love to feed on grasshoppers!

  1. Water and Light Against Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are attracted to light. This is a fantastic fact that can be used to your advantage.

How? Fill a bucket with water and put a light on the top. Once you have done that, pour a little oil into the water. Once the grasshoppers spot the morning, they try to get close to it, in the process touching the water. Now they are unable to move because of the oil!

  1. The Use Of Flour

Flour also helps to get rid of grasshoppers. Spray it on the foliage, the mouths of the grasshoppers get stuck, and they cannot consume more, and if they swallow it, they get sick and eventually die.

  1. Garlic Spray

The use of garlic spray is another effective method of eradicating these pests. This method is straightforward to carry out. All you need to do is use a mixture of minced garlic, ground cloves, soap and mineral oil help get rid of grasshoppers.

  1. Insecticidal Soap Water

I will consider this method the best organic insecticide for grasshoppers. All you need to do is fill a spray bottle with some soapy water and spray the mixture where the grasshoppers are more active.

The chemical components present in the soap helps break the outer layer of grasshoppers, thereby leaving them dead.
Note that you can buy readily available soap online or any nursery close to you or better still, you can prepare your soap spray at home.

  1. Pepper Spray

This is yet another effective pest control method that you can adopt. To prepare your homemade pepper spray disinfectant, it is essential to have different chilli items such as peppers, hot spices and sauce. Mix properly, add some water and leave it in a bowl overnight. The next day, collect the liquid on a bowl, add some detergent (particularly dishwashing detergent) and a glass of water. Pour mixture into a spray bottle. With this, your homemade spray is ready. Now, spray on the affected parts of your plants to keep the grasshoppers away.

Important things to note about this method:

i. You can dilute the mixture with more water of you notice that it is causing damage to the plants.

ii. You can spray the mixture directly on the grasshoppers.

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