How To Get Rid Of Grasshoppers - Knowledgebase Question

Fontana, CA
Question by nancelk
March 30, 2001
I've got a few grasshoppers in one of my flower beds. They seem to be eating only the Hibiscus and the snapdragons. I know that I've heard some tip to kill them, but can't remember what it was. I hate to have my husband spray the entire area, because I have lettuces growing in every spare inch. Do I have to chase them around, and knock them out with my little hammer? They are huge, and I am very small! Just in case that matters to you!


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Answer from NGA
March 30, 2001

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Glad you have a sense of humor about your plague of grasshoppers! There's a biological control called Grasshopper Bait. It's a product made from bran and a sweetener lure laced with a predacious protozoa, Nosema locustae. It is non-toxic to animals, people, plants and other insects, but kills most species of grasshoppers by infecting them with a disease. Grasshoppers will spread the disease among themselves, by eating sick hoppers and by laying infected eggs. Apply early in the season, as the over-wintering grasshoppers emerge. Grasshopper Bait is available from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply P.O. Box 2209 Grass Valley, CA 95945 916-272-4769

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