5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Grasshoppers that Eat Plants

Here are five natural remedies recommend to get rid of grasshoppers that eat your plants.

How to Get Rid of Grasshoppers

Grasshopper Natural Remedies

1. Apply a Garlic Spray
Garlic odor can help deter grasshoppers and other common garden pests. To make the garlic spray, blend two bulbs of garlic with 10 cups of water then heat up the mixture until it starts to boil. Next, let the mixture sit overnight. This should leave you with a concentrated garlic solution. You can also buy ready-made solutions online if that’s more convenient.

To use the garlic spray, fill a spray bottle with one part garlic solution and three part water. Once ready, spray the solution onto the leaves of affected plants. Be sure to spray the undersides of the leaves as well.

2. Dust the Leaves with Flour
Flour can cause grasshoppers to starve to death by gumming up their mouth. Get some ordinary all-purpose flour and sprinkle a thin layer on the leaves of affected plants. Stick to all-purpose flour as other types of flour, such as self-rising flour, may contain additional substances, such as salt, that may ruin plants.

Garlic Spray Solution

3. Introduce Natural Predators
A long-term solution is to attract natural grasshopper predators to your garden. For example, many species of birds, such as swallows, like to feast on grasshoppers. To attract these birds, you may want to set up a birdbath or a feeder in the backyard.

You could also consider introducing beneficial insects to the garden. For example, you can buy praying mantis egg cases online and let these natural predators roam the garden and eradicate the grasshopper infestation.

4. Set up a Long Grass Trap
Grasshoppers prefer areas with long grass. You could try and isolate the grasshoppers to one area of the garden by growing a patch of uncut grass in an isolated corner. This could make it easier to catch and get rid of grasshoppers.

5. Raise Your Own Chickens or Guinea Fowls
This obviously won’t work for everybody but chickens and guinea fowls do a great job of eating grasshoppers and other common garden pests. There are many great resources you can read online if you are interested in raising these birds at home.

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Last Modified on February 3, 2018 -