I am being invaded by grasshoppers.  Not just a couple or a few but thousands.  Possibly millions.  Maybe a gazillion!

They are devouring everything green and leaving bare sticks in their wake.

I can not get rid of them.  At this point I am only using organic methods and this is what I have tried so far:

Semispore bait–a bran-like flake they eat which turns them into cannibals.  Gross!  This method takes some time to work (about 2 weeks) and I have applied it 3 different times.  Which is probably over kill but remember…..I have a gazillion!

Plan B.  Neem Oil–a spray that should repel them.  It says so on the label.  The photo above shows arugula sprayed with Neem Oil.  See how repelled they are?

Plan C.  Food grade Diatomaceous earth (DE)–My non-techie definition of DE is this.  It is microscopically like glass.  It looks like talcum powder and when any bug with an exoskeleton goes across it, it will dehydrate them and they die.   I debated about using this because it also kills earthworms and I like earthworms.  So my brilliant reasoning indicated that I should sprinkle the leaves with DE instead of putting this on the ground.   Don’t mess with this gardener!  (evil laugh and wringing of hands)

Final conclusion:  Grasshoppers are the devil.

Then I discovered a way to tolerate them courtesy of my 2 year old granddaughter.

A driver and putter work best

You hit them with plastic golf clubs,

Using a loud, outdoor voice

while singing twinkle, twinkle little star

and wearing really cute shoes.

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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4 Responses to Grasshoppers!

  1. Bernieh says:

    Or you swat them with a pair of thongs … which here in Australia is an item of footwear!


  2. Barbara says:

    I like your granddaughter’s system. Why didn’t I think of that?! I’ve tried spraying plants with garlic/pepper spray that I made. And I’m told sprinkling plain whole wheat flour on the leaves would work (instead of DE).

    Now, if your granddaughter has a recommendation about how to keep the bunnies from eating my soybeans – I’m all ears. 😉


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