What are ya'll using for grasshoppers?

mistigardens(TX 7/8)June 11, 2013

Please list as organic or not...as I have veggies being demolished by these demons! Anyone using the clay powder mix...like they use in pottery? Can't remember name but was advised by another organic. Just want to save my plants!

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Lynn Marie

Your post title made me laugh. I thought perhaps you were cooking with grasshoppers and couldn't find any and were looking for good substitutes. I was going to say that I use crickets when grasshoppers aren't in season.

Otherwise, I can't help you. I use sevin dust when I have to, although I rarely need it anymore. Pretty sure it's not organic!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 11:43AM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

I think you're talking about Nolo Bait.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nolo Bait

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 1:09PM
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Ray_Scheel(z8b/SS31 E. TX)

Nolo Bait knocked back the horde, then I got free-range chickens and it was the grasshoppers who had problems instead of me...

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 1:13PM
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beachplant(9b)

chickens. No grasshoppers, no snails, no slugs,no bugs, no weeds,no grass and the mulch is everywhere.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 4:11PM
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marti8a

I wish we could have chickens here!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 8:26PM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

Wish I could have chickens as well!

I was referring to Kaolin Clay. Anyone use this?

thanks

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 7:10AM
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Ray_Scheel(z8b/SS31 E. TX)

Check your city ordinances, as a great many allow hens and some even allow a rooster or two. (Those living under the dictates of an HOA's are another story).

Houston proper is one of the few major cities with near-draconian restrictions (from what I can tell, even Bellaire has more reasonable ordinances), but there is a current push to change the Houston restriction to something more reasonable with elements that work in other Texas metro areas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hens For Houston

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 1:03PM
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marti8a

Our city might, but our neighborhood restrictions don't. I'd have to get approval from the majority of the neighbors and I don't think they would approve.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 1:09PM
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rcgsltx

I use Nolo bait. This year I may need to reapply it. The grasshoppers are extremely numerous.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 2:10PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

The birds in my yard are eating them up :-) I still have damage to some plants but can't use anything because the birds are eating them. I hope my neighbors are not spraying anything. It's so cute to watch the sparrows and cardinal babies just hopping all over and getting the grasshoppers :-)

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 11:28AM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

I've noticed that birds would fly to the bird bath to dunk grasshopper in the water before eating grasshoppers. I don't see to have much of grasshopper problem. Maybe I'm in the middle of nowhere with high bird populations helping keep grasshopper population down?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 4:49PM
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crisslyon(8b)

Nolo helped me sooo much. they came out in hordes in 2011 as if the drought wasn't enough... The only thing they wouldn't eat....black eyed peas... And I bought some guineas.... They destroy those suckers I giggle everytime I see a guinea get another one.....

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 10:43AM
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ilovemyroses(8 Dallas TX)

they are getting bad 'round here, in inner city dallas. Haven't seen much damage, but keep encouraging my kids to catch them for great fishing bait!!!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 7:04PM
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bootscootengal

fishbait....................got lots. on my second bag of nolo

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:02PM
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Gretchen Wood

I have them as well in Carrollton. Haven't seen many but they are a pest I want to get rid of.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:37PM
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bootscootengal

am considering a lighter and a can of hairspray.......homemade torch for these grasshoppers. they have stripped 2 rose bushes and r eating my cannas

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 11:50AM
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linda_tx8(8)

I'm guessing that some of the birds who dine well on all the birdseed and suet I put out probably like the grasshoppers to add more protein to their diet, because I don't often see any!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 2:10PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I didn't know that the drought was driving up the grasshopper population. This article from Texas Gardener's Newsletter 'SEEDS' tells how:

Grasshoppers break out" but not as copiously as in 2011
By Robert Burns
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

"After a dry winter, as expected, grasshoppers are becoming a problem, but they are not as severe or profuse as they were during the 2011 drought, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

â 'ItâÂÂs mid-summer and the grasshoppers have gotten bigger; theyâÂÂre now winged, so theyâÂÂre moving into other crops and orchards,' said Dr. Allen Knutson, an AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas.

"As they were in 2011, this yearâÂÂs grasshopper outbreaks are connected to drought conditions, he said. From July through the fall, grasshoppers deposit their eggs 0.5 to 2 inches below the soil surface. On an average year, fungus and other diseases take a toll on egg survival, thereby reducing the first generation grasshoppers that hatch in the spring.

"But most of the fungi and diseases affecting egg survival depend upon moist conditions, so during a drought year, outbreaks are expected, Knutson said.

"But the outbreaks this year, at least so far, have been spotty", he said.

âÂÂ'Though some areas have had good rains, which reduce grasshopper populations, others have not, and theyâÂÂll still have problems,' he said. 'They are intense in some areas, while others donâÂÂt have any.'

"Reports from AgriLife Extension county agents support KnutsonâÂÂs account.

"Logan Lair, AgriLife Extension agent in Navarro County, northeast of Waco, reported, âÂÂGrasshoppers, grasshoppers, grasshoppers; they are back and with a vengeance. This is affecting hay production.âÂÂ

"Heath Lusty, AgriLife Extension agent in Lampasas County, north of Austin, reported that along with hot, dry, windy conditions, 'grasshoppers are a serious issue in some parts of the county.'

"In East Texas, where grasshopper infestations were especially severe in 2011, there was only one county reporting outbreaks in June, that of Rich Hirsch, AgriLife Extension agent in Henderson County, west of Tyler."

Here is a link that might be useful: Texas Gardener Magazine - Past Newsletters are Available for Viewing

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 7:37PM
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beachplant(9b)

we don`t have many on the island anyway. I guess they don`t swim all that well.

Houston is changing their ordinances on chickens, they either voted or are going to vote soon and the chicken people are making happy noises.
Tally Ho!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 4:08PM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

Thanks again for all the info.

Beachplant, you mention Houston, and we don`t have many on the island anyway. ....what island?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 9:24AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I don't have many grasshopper problems due to a hungry bunch of non chicken birds. The hill country is not very friendly to them. I did see a few during the drought but then , I didn't have many plants alive for them to eat. They kept dying in my sink.

here is what my go to site for Organic solutions says. They have a couple of solutions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Arbico grasshopper page

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 2:34PM
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