There are many varieties of grasshoppers across the United States. All pose a nuisance to the home gardener. Most grasshoppers enjoy eating predominately grasses and broad-leaf plants. As nymphs and young wingless grasshoppers they tend to reside close to where they were hatched until the food supply is exhausted. Soon the adult grasshopper has wings and can travel many miles in search of sustenance. Home gardens are a favourite location for feeding grasshoppers. Many households hesitate to use pesticides on their home vegetable sources and are turning to a variety of safe, organic control methods.
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Things you need
- Apple cider vinegar
- Large plastic freezer bags
- Hand held sprayer
- Pure soap flakes
- Liquid dish soap
- Garden sprayer
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water and add 5g of pure soap flakes. Pour the mixture into a large insecticide sprayer.
Spray the solution in the early morning on all the leaves, stems and ground for grasshoppers. If you see grasshoppers thoroughly drench them with the solution.
Wait two days and then repeat the application. Continue until the grasshopper infestation has significantly diminished.
Pick up the dead grasshoppers in your garden. Place the dead grasshoppers in a garbage bag and promptly dispose of. Birds will dine on many of the dead grasshoppers in the garden but the vinegar mixture will not harm the birds.
Fill large plastic freezer bags a quarter of the way full with pure apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp of canola and place in the rows of the garden. This is an excellent trap for grasshoppers. Grasshoppers are drawn to the solution and drown in the vinegar.
Pick out the dead grasshoppers from the vinegar traps. Dispose of the grasshopper bodies into a garbage bag.
Tips and warnings
- A mixture of 25 per cent apple cider vinegar, 25 per cent liquid dish soap and 50 per cent water can be mixed into a small handheld sprayer and used to spot treat specific plants or areas of grasshopper infestation.
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