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Grasshoppers

Post Number:#1  Postby Azuleja » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:52 pm

We have a lot of grasshoppers here in the summertime. Thousands, millions maybe. I mean, if you walk in the field they leap in all directions like a parting tide. They start out small and end up as big as 3 inches long. We inevitably end up with some in the yard and garden. We don't try too hard to control them because it's pointless. The damage is already done by the time they consume anything toxic and die, and more will readily take their place.

Twice now I've caught grasshoppers on my deck benches. Both times in the act of chewing up my plants - Agave V-R albomarginata and Aloe 'Wiley Coyotee' to boot! I figure this kind of damage is more of a problem for small plants and less likely on big ones. Still, what a nuisance and thank goodness I found them before they decimated an entire plant.

Not sure if any of you have the same issue, but just throwing it out there that grasshoppers are one more thing to add to the list.
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Re: Grasshoppers

Post Number:#2  Postby Melt in the Sun » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:06 pm

That reminds me of something I had forgotten about, years ago...I once had crickets chew the crap out of some in-ground A. victoriae-reginae. I could NOT believe it, yet there they were...crowds of crickets surrounding fresh wounds, like ants drinking from a drop of water.
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Re: Grasshoppers

Post Number:#3  Postby Azuleja » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:39 pm

Well crap because we're surrounded by crickets too. Agaves and fancy hybrid aloes are just too tasty I guess.
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Re: Grasshoppers

Post Number:#4  Postby otismcCord » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:54 pm

You are not alone facing this problem. Many other people are also there who are facing the same problem as yours. These grasshoppers feed on plants and eat the whole leaves of the plant within no time. The best strategy is to lightly sprinkle ordinary all-purpose flour (not the self-rising flour, which has salt in it) on all your growing plants. When grasshoppers feed on foliage that have been lightly dusted with flour, their mouths get all gummed up, and the grasshopper cannot eat any more. My friend's garden was infested by these grasshoppers, these grasshoppers ruined her plants by chewing the leaves. She noticed earlier and called professional exterminators for exterminating her garden. They took good care of the plants and exterminated her garden.
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Re: Grasshoppers

Post Number:#5  Postby toditd » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:41 pm

This year late summer/early fall for some reason my yard has been overrun by crickets. I've never seen so many! I have no idea why their population is so much higher then normal this year. I guess I need I few more lizards and geckos! Fortunately, I've haven't seen them on my plants nor have I seen any evidence that they are munching on agaves or aloes. At this point it's more of an big annoyance than anything else, especially when I find them marching through the house.
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