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Name: Jo Taylor
East Texas area (Zone 8a)
blackjackgirl
Jun 7, 2014 4:57 PM CST
I have heard that a strong molasses solution will kill grasshoppers as well as other vegetable garden pests. Is this true? If yes, what ratio of ingredients do I use?
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 8, 2014 8:04 AM CST
Hi! And Welcome! to ATP!

I've not heard of molasses being used to kill grasshoppers, though it is used for other reasons... http://organic.lovetoknow.com/Organic_Pest_Control_Recipes

The only control that I've used for the "lubbers" that we have here is the stomp. Green Grin!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 8, 2014 8:28 AM CST
From this site: http://www.ghorganics.com/page12.html

"Sink glass jars into the soil. Fill to the halfway point wit a mixture of 10 parts water to 1 part of molasses. The hoppers are drawn to the sweet smell of the molasses, they dive in and drown. Clean traps as needed."

Guess that is similar to the way a beer trap works for slugs?
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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Jun 8, 2014 8:43 AM CST
Ooo, I like that! Great link greene! I may have to give that one a try, and release my aggressions in some other way! Green Grin!
Name: Greene
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greene
Jun 8, 2014 9:43 AM CST
Oh gosh, maybe you shouldn't drive the car today. At least until you calm down and drown some grasshoppers. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Jun 8, 2014 10:04 AM CST
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Name: Jo Taylor
East Texas area (Zone 8a)
blackjackgirl
Jun 8, 2014 2:22 PM CST
Thank you for both for the suggestions.
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Jun 8, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Has anyone tried the Nolo Bait or other Nosema locustae based baits for grasshopper control?

I've been squishing baby grasshoppers constantly. Uhggg! Sticking tongue out
Name: Jo Taylor
East Texas area (Zone 8a)
blackjackgirl
Jun 8, 2014 3:24 PM CST
Yes, Nolo Bait works great but I think I am past the prime time to use it. So many large grasshoppers at this point. I am going to try it again to see if it will help. Anything is better than what I am going through right now. I was hoping for a bigger option. Nolo works when the nympts (sp) eat it and then larger ones eat the babies. It will cut down on the population but takes a while. Last time I used it was in late spring a couple of years back when all I saw were the babies. Good luck with the Nolo.
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Jun 8, 2014 4:00 PM CST
Thanks for the info on the Nolo, Jo! I may give it a try.

I just read a site where someone mentioned EcoBran. It isn't organic and contains a small percentage of Carbaryl (Sevin) but it is in bait form so should have a more targeted effect. I know nothing about it, but I wonder if you could set up baiting stations rather than scattering it indiscriminately. If so, that would help reduce the loss of non-targeted insects and widespread pesticide contamination in your yard.
http://www.planetnatural.com/product/ecobran-grasshopper-bai...

I can sympathize with you, the bugs in the south are really hard to deal with and I hate using synthetic chemicals in my yard, too. Besides grasshoppers, the leaf-hoppers are driving me mad.

Oh, forgot to say... Welcome! to ATP! Big Grin
Name: Jo Taylor
East Texas area (Zone 8a)
blackjackgirl
Jun 8, 2014 6:59 PM CST
Thank you. I will check into that
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Name: Terry Layman
Natalia, TX. 78059
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ThunderBear
Dec 17, 2014 3:31 PM CST
Guiena hens are the best for grasshoppers
Terry Layman
c/o Herbs Mint 4-U
Natalia, TX. 78059

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