©I have had a hatch off of grasshoppers! I’m seeing them every where, in the pasture, on my windshield and now on my tomato vines. Grasshoppers are almost imposable to control. Whether you are trying to control them with organic(natural) poisons or if your using hard core harsh man-made chemical sprays. It seems that for every hopper you kill 2 takes it’s place. They are still hatching, I see them as small as 1/2 inch long to adults that are 1 1/2 inches long.
So far the damage has been limited to the top tender leaf’s but if the hopper count continues to rise they will soon be eating my corn, squash and cucumber vines as well. I lost my garden to the drought, heat and a late June grasshopper hatch off last year. I was hoping for a more successful garden this year, but, it now looks like the hoppers will wipe me out again this summer.
I turned my 2 ducks and 6 tiny bantam chickens to my garden yesterday, but within 10 minutes they had eaten all the grasshoppers they wanted and went back to their coop. I couldn’t tell that there were any fewer grasshoppers than before the chickens and ducks fulled up on the little critters!
We had a very mild winter this year, that was good for my heating bill but it was not cold enough, long enough to achieve a good insect egg and larva kill.
Maybe I should just catch a bucket full of grasshoppers and go fishing.. It want solve my problem, but, I will be on the lake fishing and won’t have to watch them eating my garden!
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