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Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Randy Rooster, Sep 19, 2005.
Will anything work on grasshoppers? They are eating my fall collard broccolli and cabbage plants up!
Besides Chickens? Do you mean toxic stuff or
natural? There is a biological control you can apply
early in the spring that will cause them to die
and/or cannibalize themselves called, Nosema
Locustae. See it here:http://search.store.yahoo.com/cgi-b...16395947722&query=nosema&image.x=30&image.y=8
We were going to get it but considering the
small area we'd be putting it on, too much
untreated land around us would send them
hopping our way later on, anyway. Ideally,
you get the neighbors to also do their land.
Here's what will help NOW. Run, do not walk to
your nearest fabric store and buy cheapo bridal
lace (called Tulle). It's available in extra wide
widths, (I bought 72" wide stuff) and costs $.57/yd.
at *China* Mart. Lay it over your plants...
weighting it down at the edges. It's light and
won't restrict growth.
Small jars with water and molasses buried part
way in the soil around plants also attracts and
drowns them, too. We really have seen our
flock of chickens doing serious damage to the
grasshopper population around our place...but
still won't harvest the green beans like we
wanted to this year. Hope these ideas will help.
I need some toxic stuff that will kill em. Either that or I can kiss my fall/winte garden good bye.r
Hate to see you lose your crop.
Hate even more to see you have
to eat food grown in a toxic dump.
The same link to arbico organics that
I posted has a product called garlic
guard that is supposed to make
grasshoppers and other pests do
an about face. I think I'd try that
first, or concoct my own version.
I got praying mantis eggs in Texas, and they love to eat them
Lucky for my garden I have google.
all will kill the critters. I am gonna dose em up good tommorrow. Thanks everybody!
We used the grasshopper disease (Nosema locustae) a long time ago with wonderful results. It got into the population and we haven't had a problem since. Oh sure, we have hoppers, but the population pressure is minimal as is the damage. It may be too late in the year to use it, however, as it works best on the first several instars rather than the adults.
Nolo Bait is the best known brand.
We used the grasshopper disease (Nosema locustae) many years ago and it worked -- is working -- wonderfully. We still have hoppers, but the population pressure is minimal, as is their damage. It seems to have spread from our place to the surrounding areas, so immigration doesn't seem to be a problem, either.
The best known brand is Nolo Bait.
Well, looks like BOTH my replies went through -- sorry about the repetition!
Please think twice before resorting to chemicals.
Randy, do you fish? If so, you have a great supply of fish bait. Catch anything from sun perch to catfish. I know they're a nuisant but sometimes I kind of wish I was invaded with them. I like to stock up on them. Go out at night time in the dark with a good flash light and a cannister of some type. At sundown they climb up high on tall weeds, fence post, side of the house, etc. All you have to do is shine the light on them and reach over and pick them right off. Place them in your cannister and when full place the cannister in your freezer. Next morning after frozen dead place them in a baggie and then keep frozen 'til your next fishing trip.
If you got any fishing buddies you might consider selling them a few baggies full for their own use.
While it's on my mind, I think I'll go outside and catch me a few.
I have been trying to devise some kind of grasshoper trap. What would I use as bait?
I hear fall collard broccolli and cabbage works well......
I got so sick of grasshoppers and crickets around here that I decided to get half a dozen chickens. I've got about two acres of lawn and a small garden. They cost about a dollar each. Cheaper than a small bottle of sevin. Now we get six eggs a day and at the end of the year we get free chicken too. I see a few crickets now once in awhile. very few. The chickens work from morning till dark and put themselves away too. Oh yeah and they fertilize everywhere they go. I don't have to re-apply them every ten days either.
I know that my dad used to put on nyons and walk through the grass to catch hoppers for fishing - apparently they get stuck in and can't free themselves.....
I don't know if they can chew themselves out after a while - but they sure do get stock in the short term.
I am so thankful, Randy, that hopefully this means you have decided against chemicals.
I am not understanding this phobia you have against usuing chemicals on the garden. The broccoli wont weven form heads for a couple of months yet- well after the time that any residue will be gone. The collards wont be ready to pick until mid november at the earliest- they will increase in size by about 20 fold and not only will the leaves that I spray today be cropped off long before then, as the oldest lower leqaves normally are poor quality, but the cabbage will have a head that was never exposed to spray. Can you tell me why you are so dead set on not using a spray?
Sorry, sir. I will learn to keep my typing fingers to myself. Never believed in them myself, that's my thing. Totally organic for all my gardening years... Have a chemist in the immediate family who has done extensive research on the long-term effects, and I proofread every one of her term papers. I will never believe anything on the informational flyer or the back of any pesticide or herbicide container, but that's just me. I'm gone.
Randy, I don't spray chemicals because it means repeating it every season and I'm too dang lazy. Have you tried Lemon Scented Sunlight Dishwashing Detergent (the handwashing type)? Mix it up really strong--at least 3 T. to a quart--heck, try 1/4 cup and give those nasty critters a full bubble bath! No, I've never tried it on them but have on other garden nasties and even discouraged (I believe) birds from stealing fruit. It's worth a 'shot'...
You did not address my question, but that was about what I expected.