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Pricklyknight
Nov 24, 2020 1:25 PM CST
I found this grasshopper on my creeping charlie /spider plant today. I tried shaking him loose but he had the kungfoo grip onto that leaf! Smiling will he eat other plants like succulents? How bad are grasshoppers?
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Nov 24, 2020 1:40 PM CST
I don't know about succulents, but he will surely eat that spider plant! I had a bad time with them this summer, they ate my avocado tree leaves, my impatiens, my sweet potato vine and many other annuals. I had quite a few mantis, but they couldn't keep up with all the hoppers! The best way to get rid of them ( it's gruesome) is to go out early in the morning when it's the coolest and cut them in half with sharp garden shears. No poison needed. Thumbs up
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Pricklyknight
Nov 24, 2020 2:20 PM CST
Do you think there are more? I mean cuz usually there are never just a "single" pest/insects. I got no probs cutting that sucker up specially if he's gonna try killing my plants lol.
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gardenfish
Nov 24, 2020 2:57 PM CST
Yes, I do suspect there are more. They are masters of camouflage. When I used to use them for fish bait we went out at night with a strong flashlight in our field which had tall grass. Still very hard to see. You have to look close! If you go out to snip them in the mornings look toward the top of the plant.
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ElPolloDiablo
Nov 24, 2020 3:58 PM CST
We have plenty of large grasshoppers/locusts around here.
They have pretty discriminating tastes, meaning they will feed on some plants and skip the rest.

In short if you don't see any damage, it's basically harmless.
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nmoasis
Nov 24, 2020 6:35 PM CST
Yeah, but what they eat, they devour, and they can reproduce to alarming numbers in favorable environments. I utilize the same technique as Gardenfish. Thumbs up
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gardenfish
Nov 25, 2020 2:05 AM CST
They are really a big pest here. They usually get here later, after you're exhausted by your fight with aphids, fruit worms, hornworms, flea beetles, stink bugs and milkweed bugs!
One year we had a mini locust wave move through town; looked like what happens in Africa, only on a small scale. They came through by the thousands, in a narrow band. I got off work at noon, and drove home on a carpet of them crunching under my wheels, I could barely see for all of them hitting the windshield. I was dreading what I would find at my house, but I lived outside the band that moved through, thank goodness. I had friends who had their yards totally stripped of all foliage and flowers. D'Oh!
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Pricklyknight
Nov 26, 2020 12:03 AM CST
gardenfish said:They are really a big pest here. They usually get here later, after you're exhausted by your fight with aphids, fruit worms, hornworms, flea beetles, stink bugs and milkweed bugs!
One year we had a mini locust wave move through town; looked like what happens in Africa, only on a small scale. They came through by the thousands, in a narrow band. I got off work at noon, and drove home on a carpet of them crunching under my wheels, I could barely see for all of them hitting the windshield. I was dreading what I would find at my house, but I lived outside the band that moved through, thank goodness. I had friends who had their yards totally stripped of all foliage and flowers. D'Oh!


That's crazy, I'd be freaking out! Can u believe I gave the task of snipping that sucker & he failed big time lol! Not only did he not cut it, he let it get away!! I looked for dude forever & never found him🤬I think I'll try the early am thing. Sighing!
Fresno ca
Pricklyknight
Nov 26, 2020 6:23 PM CST
Do you think they could of caused these bite marks cuz I have no idea what else it could be?
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Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
CPPgardener
Nov 26, 2020 9:54 PM CST
That or maybe a bird or mouse.
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nmoasis
Nov 27, 2020 11:01 AM CST
Somewhere on another thread recently a poster had the identical marks on succulents and determined it was birds seeking moisture. S/he put water bowls nearby. Or else that was recommended. Anyone else remember the thread I think I remember? Confused
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