Grasshoppers! It is obvious the person that named them ‘Grasshoppers’ didn’t have a Tiny Garden! They will attack anything that is green except the grass. It seems that they have a preference for squash, cucumbers, corn and tomato’s.
A Google Search tells me that this hoard of garden eating pest are heat loving and seem to hatch best under hot and dry weather conditions June thru August. Wanting to know more about the critters that I want to conduct chemical warfare upon I consulted wikipedia and to my surprise, it said there are over 8000 species of grasshoppers!
That means that I must take a shotgun approach and kill every insect both good and bad, in sight or try to wait out their life cycle.
North Dakota State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture said grasshoppers live from hatching ‘nymph’ stage to the adults dieing from 60 to 90 days! I had no idea that this garden pest lived so long.
Insecticidal Control After a bit of research on chemical control of grasshoppers, I think I will wait them out until they die a natural death. I would rather have a hoard of grasshoppers than to spray any of the chemicals listed as effective grasshopper control on my garden.
I think the best thing I can do is catch a bucket full of grasshoppers and go fishing. Three old dogs, three great grand son’s. A bucket of grasshoppers for bait and a six pack of cold adult beverages, what else could an old guy want?
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