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Large grasshoppers are eating my plants... Help!
I live in west central Florida and every summer I get two species of grass hoppers that devour the leaves on my plants. One grasshopper is large with yellow and orange markings and the other is black and red. How can I rid my garden of these annoying pests?
Grasshoppers can be difficult to control because they move in from surrounding areas so readily. You can spray for them in your garden with a general insecticide such as Sevin, but more will move in from surrounding areas unless they are controlled there, too. Best control comes from spraying while the grasshoppers are young. Don't wait for them to get large before you begin your controls.