Experts and BHG readers answer.
Grasshoppers eating my plants
Orthos Bug-B-Gon lists grasshoppers on the label, but there are also several organic methods you can use. Birds, including cardinals, crows, finches, sparrows, warblers, and wrens, are terrific grasshopper predators. Attract birds to your garden with a feeder filled with black oil sunflower seed or safflower during winter and spring and theyll stick around during summer and fall to devour insects. Praying mantis eat grasshoppers and soldier beetles eat grasshopper eggs. You can also get a pathogen that kills grasshoppers called Nosema locustae (NOLO Bait) from an insectary in California called Rincon-Vitova. (800-248-2847 or www.rinconvitova.com) Finally, you can try a homemade spray to protect your plants. Mash tomato leaves to make a pulp, mix with water, strain out the leaves, and spray your plants with the liquid.