Grasshopper

Grasshoppers

How to get rid of grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are often noisy insects

They are usually brown or green, have big back legs, big eyes, wings, and a short pair of antennae. There are about 10,000 different kinds. And they can make a lot of noise.

As kids we found grasshoppers in the fields and they were a source of hours of entertainment.

grasshopper on hand

Grasshoppers are not usually a pest problem

Sometimes certain kinds of hoppers multiply into large numbers and become a pest infestation and consume every plant and grass they see. Locusts are best known for this serious crop damage especially…cereal grains…type of behavior.

Grasshoppers have natural predators

robber fly

Mother Nature keeps their numbers under control usually. Rodents, spiders, lizards, mantis, and robber flies are examples that feed on hoppers. Bee flies and blister beetles are examples of natural predators that destroy hopper eggs.

How to kill them:

  • Chemical Control: All three of these needs are resolved by aerial or misting or ground based spraying or cultivating trap strips around each field…each of which is an approach that uses pesticides for control.
  • Grazing: All three concerns are also addressed with letting cattle graze on areas where a suspected problem may occur.
  • Habitat manipulation is another method of control like plowing and tilling of the soil, to remove plants on which they feed and bury the eggs in areas where they are hatching in great numbers.
  • Earlier planting of crops is a strategy that avoids large numbers of their damages.