2014 – The Great Grasshopper War

Source Grasshopper numbers to skyrocket this summer
hoard of grasshoppers A plague of biblical proportions could be hatching in your backyard. The Oklahoma State University(OSU) Extension Service says this summer’s grasshopper population could be bigger than we’ve ever seen. OSU Experts say, what you should be doing now is counting how many grasshoppers you see in your yard. They suggest looking at an area of about a square yard and if you count 12-24 grasshoppers you’ll want to spray insecticide, or the problem will only get worse.

“It could be pretty bad because last year was bad, Tracey Payton Miller. OSU Extension said “We’re still in a drought, so this year could be as bad or worse.” Right now grasshoppers are very small. They’re in what’s called the nymph stage. “They’re wingless and they’re just kind of congregating. The more the bugs they eat and the older they get, the bigger problem they’ll become.

“Once they are devouring plants it’s kind of a toss up as to how well you’re going to control them.”
The OSU Extension says farmers and homeowners have from now until about July 1st to control the grasshoppers. After that, they’re too old for insecticide to affect them.

Hint To treat your plants and property look for an insecticide with the ingredient carbaryl. If you have a garden, experts say your last line of defense is to directly spray the plants, try covering them with horticulture fabric.

OSU – Grasshopper control(PDF)

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4 responses to “2014 – The Great Grasshopper War

  1. Sounds like a Poultry Feast to me. . . .


    • Re texasmoments Thanks fr taking time to visit my little blog and for your comment(s).
      Grin, I opened the backdoor to let my dogs out and before I could get the door closed 6 or 8 grasshoppers got into my house.

      Happy summer grasshopper-less gardening


  2. That sounds horrible. The grass hoppers in the pictures are so big. When they get wings are they then called locust? I thought the drought was bad now Locust yuch!
    We have not had rain for weeks. I was getting worried. The last two days we have had glorious rain. My rain barrels are over flowing.I keep running out in the rain and water my flower beds against the house. I didn’t want to waste the water.
    We are fixing a 1000 liter container water barrel. We have an Electric water pump to pump water from one of the ponds. We are set now in the garden.

    Good luck


    • Thanks for your visit and your comment(s).
      Most places in the world a grasshopper is knows as or at least called Locust.
      Grasshoppers are like rabbits! 🙂 One grasshopper in 3 generations can produce 30,000 off spring. 1/2 of those will be females that can produce a 1/2 million hoppers, that all started from 1 female grasshopper!
      Happy pest free gardening


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