If voracious grasshoppers have invaded your garden, it can feel like your plants are being damaged and consumed everywhere you look. Luckily, there are several natural ways to bring your garden back to life and protect your plants from further harm. Here are some of our favorite home remedies:
Dust Your Plants With Flour - this method is a quick and convenient way to get rid of grasshoppers destroying your plants. Flour causes grasshoppers to starve by gumming their mouths and preventing them from being able to eat. Be sure to use all-purpose flour for the best results and simply sprinkle a thin layer over any affected plants.
Apple Cider Vinegar - as a simple pantry item with so many beneficial uses, it’s no surprise that apple cider vinegar is also a great solution for fighting off grasshoppers. We recommend placing disposable cups or open freezer bags filled halfway with vinegar and placing them throughout your garden beds. Grasshoppers are immediately drawn to the solution and drown in the vinegar.
Introduce Natural Predators - one of the best ways to tackle an overactive grasshopper population for the long-term is by introducing some of their natural predators to your landscape. In particular, praying mantises, birds, cats, and chickens are some of the most effective predators when it comes to eliminating your grasshopper problems.
Steps to Prevent Them
The best way to avoid having your landscape ravaged by grasshoppers is by taking measures to keep them from wanting to inhabit your garden at all. Here are the grasshopper prevention methods we recommend the most:
Garlic Spray is an easy and inexpensive way to deter grasshoppers from feeding off your plants. You can either make your own solution at home by blending two cloves combining with water in a spray bottle - or a purchase a ready-made solution here.
Adding grasshopper-repelling plants to your landscape is one of the best ways to prevent them from inhabiting your yard in the first place. Plants like the Chinese brake fern, horehound, calendula, and cilantro naturally deter grasshoppers from your garden due to their strong scent and off-putting taste. Not only will these plants help enhance the bounty of your landscape, but they’ll also keep a variety of menacing bugs from feeding off your garden!
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