SUGGESTED TWEET: (Grasshoppers in the garden? Try these five simple steps for removing them forever.)
Grasshoppers in the Garden
Grasshoppers may look innocuous, but they can be particularly troublesome in gardens, and can wreak havoc on foliage and flowers, causing easily visible damage.
If you find grasshoppers munching their way throughout your garden, you’ll want to take immediate action to combat the problem. Fortunately, there are ways to remove these garden pests.
Top Five Ways to Get Rid of Grasshoppers
Check out the tips below to find out how to make your garden grasshopper-free.
- Keep chickens. This method may not be practical for urban gardeners, but more and more neighborhoods are allowing backyard chickens for individual households. Not only can you raise your own eggs, but you can also help reduce the pest population in your yard and garden. Chickens, when left to free range, will consume bugs, thus helping to reduce the insect population. Chicken waste material also makes a great compost.
- Plant flowers. A more practical, yet still powerful, method of getting rid of grasshoppers is to plant certain types of flowers and herbs. Marigolds, daisies, dill, and mint will attract beneficial insects that consume grasshoppers.
- Spray insecticides. Speak to a professional about which insecticide or pesticide to use in your specific garden. Using an insecticide will go a long way in fighting grasshoppers, and may also help fight other harmful insects.
- Dust with all-purpose flour. All-purpose white flour may be helpful in killing off grasshoppers. Grasshoppers love to eat their greens, but a dusting of flour on plant leaves may keep them from eating the greens in your garden. Flour becomes gummy in grasshopper mouths and prevents the bugs from eating anything, helping to reduce the frequency of foliage damage to your plants.
- Populate your garden with beneficial insects. Insects aren’t all bad. In fact, some are very helpful in controlling harmful insect populations. Beneficial beetles and spiders in particular are natural predators of grasshoppers. Encouraging birds into your garden may also be helpful in controlling grasshopper populations.
You may also find it effective to simply remove the grasshoppers by hand and destroy them. This isn’t always practical, however, when a full-blown infestation occurs during the heat of summer. Always use your best judgement when it comes to applying the methods listed here, as experimentation is key for getting rid of grasshoppers in your garden.