Get Rid Of Grasshoppers The Eco-Friendly Way

To get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly way, you have a choice of at least three methods.

A first method which can be used to get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly way is to keep ducks or chicken or even turkey and allow them  to run around your farm freely before you plant your garden in order to eliminate the grasshoppers in the environment.  Then when your garden is planted and growing, you keep these fowls in a “moat”‘ built around your garden so that they can eat any grasshopper that wants to get across this moat to your garden.

To build a “moat”, you first surround your garden with one row of fencing such as chicken wire then put a second row of fencing parallel to but about 6 inches or more  away from the first row depending on the land available.  Then keep the fowl in this alleyway between the two rows of fence so that they can catch the grasshoppers coming through as they try to get to your garden.

Get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly wayA second alternative that can be quite successful when you wish to get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly way might be to keep guinea pigs; apparently guinea pigs just love grasshoppers. However, the one drawback is that guinea pigs are very noisy.

A third or better alternative suggested by Trisha Shirey, grounds manager At Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas, is to get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly way or stop them from eating your plants by using ordinary all-purpose flour.

Yes, ordinary all-purpose flour. When grasshoppers (or any other chewing insects such as blister beetles) feed on foliage that have been dusted with flour, their mouths get all gummed up, and  the grasshopper cannot eat any more.  Furthermore, when they swallow a whole lot of this flour, they get sick and stop eating all together.

(NOTE: You must be careful, though.  To get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly,  use ONLY the old-fashion all-purpose type of flour because the self-rising flour has salts in it.  These salts may ruin your plants, and salt is not good for the soil.)

You can buy a commercial garden duster to use this method which will get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly way, but why not save money and make your own duster.

1. You can punch a dozen or so holes in the bottom and lower sides of a brown paper lunch size bag with an ice pick or a carving fork and use it to dust flour onto the foliage in your garden.

2. Other types of containers might be  salt or pepper shakers, empty spice containers which have perforated lids, grated cheese jars, or any other container which has a shaker top or which has a cover through which you  can punch holes by using a tiny nail and hammer.

To Get Rid Of Grasshoppers The Eco-Friendly Way,  use this flour recipe.

First you must gather the following items: 3 cups of plain all-purpose flour, a garden duster or salt shaker or any container with a shaker cover, and  a garden hose.

1. The best time to use this method in order  to get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly is early in the morning when there is no wind and there is still dew on the plants.

It’s important that there be no wind so that the flour will end up on your plants and not scattered all over your neighbourhood.

The dew will help the flour stay on your plant and not be blown away. You could also use this method after a rain as long as there is no wind.

2. Pour the flour into a container with a shaker top or the perforated paper bag. If you have only a small garden, use less flour.

3. Before dusting the flour on the plants in your garden, give the foliage a shake in order to get the grasshoppers to move off them.

4. Dust the leaves AND the insects with the flour.

4. After 2 days, rinse off the flour from your plants.  Use a fine spray in order not to damage your leave.  If the leaves are hairy (such as tomato leaves), you may need to rinse twice.

Get rid of grasshoppers with flourIf you need to repeat this method to get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly, wait about a week before you dust your leaves again.  As long as you don’t leave the flour on the leaves for more than 2 days, the flour will not damage your plants.

This method is really the easiest and most economical way to get rid of grasshoppers the eco-friendly way.

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9 Responses to “Get Rid Of Grasshoppers The Eco-Friendly Way

  • 1
    Willard Field
    June 9th, 2011 10:59

    I am getting my bag ready to attack the “Georgia Thumpers!” Thanks for the advice. BTW: When we talk about Guineas liking bugs, we are referring to the fowl, not the “pigs.” They are great for controlling ticks, as well; and yes, they are noisy. That is why they make great watch animals. They are better than geese, b/c they do not attack!

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    Linda
    July 15th, 2011 16:49

    Thank you so much for this article. For some reason we have a zillion grasshoppers in our garden (a lot are very small at the moment) but I have been worried about what environmentally eco-safe thing I could do and the other things I found didn’t work.

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    Hi Linda
    If the flour does not work very well for you, why not try a watered down version of the garlic spray? You might be able to attack these babies before they become big enough to create damage. I would definitely try a watered down version and spray some of these grasshopper babies right now. And who knows!
    Perhaps the adult grasshopper will hate the smell so much that they will move out of your garden. (Don’t worry! After a while, we do not smell the garlic spray anymore, but the bugs do.)

    Read the post Mosquito Control – Experimenting With Garlic Spray and see how one man is using the garlic spray to get rid of mosquitoes. It just might work for grasshoppers also.

    Would you let me know what happened if you do experiment?

    Thanks
    Marcie

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    Jul 17, 2011 @ 19:51

    Thank you for the response Marcie. I had read about the garlic spray earlier in the year when we were starting seedling plants inside for when spring arrived (peppers, cantaloupes etc.) and the one thing that I read in regards to the garlic spray that concerned me was that the garlic spray would kill other pests also and that could include beneficial insects like lady bugs and so that is why I have stayed away from it in the garden.

    I love the lady bugs and don’t want to harm them or any other beneficial insect in the garden.

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    Linda
    August 4th, 2011 13:40

    Marcie,

    I’m not having much luck with the flour but I did find a link that stated that grasshoppers hate the smell of cilantro, so next year I’m going to plant tons of cilantro in my garden, it also mentioned about a border or marigolds. We usually plant marigolds in the garden intermittently but for some reason we didn’t this year. Next year will definitely correct that also.

    At the moment (and I really am a pacifist at heart) I’ve been taking my scissors with me to the garden and when I see a grasshopper I move very slowly and cut them in half.

    I’ve been having a lot of luck with this method the past couple of days, and can’t wait to plant cilantro like crazy in my garden next year.
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    Hi Linda

    Thank you for the feedback re the flour.

    I don’t know about your grasshoppers, but what I remember from those around our farm when I was young, it was very difficult to get close to a grasshopper, let alone be able to cut them in half. Do you suppose the flour has had some effect on them i.e. slowed them down a bit? Perhaps it takes time for the flour to do its job.

    At least you’ve found a way to get rid of them. . . a most unique method, indeed. I wonder if others have tried the flour?

    Again I appreciate your feedback and the tip re grasshoppers not liking cilantro. I hope others who have tried the flour will also tell us about their results.

    Marcie

  • 4
    gerrie
    August 9th, 2011 17:20

    I have thousands of grasshoppers and was using cayenne pepper & garlic spray with no results and have marigolds planted everywhere in the garden and all I have left of the marigolds are the stems (not a leaf anywhere!) the hoppers have eaten the leafs on beets, peppers & bean plants and are starting on tomotoes & squash. I’ll do the flour tonight and see what happens. Let me know if anyone has any other suggestions. Has anyone tried a vinegar stray??? g
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    Hi Gerrie

    Sorry I did not see your comment before today; however, I would be most interested in getting your feedback re using the flour. I’m surprised the garlic did not work. Perhaps one should begin spraying earlier in the year to deter and hopefully kill the eggs laid by the female.

    I wonder if the homemade fruit tree spray would work on garden plants. I hope someone tries it out on some of their plants to see if it would work at keeping the grasshoppers away without hurting the plant. I don’t think it would hurt the plant, but it’s always better to try it first on a few plants to test it out. If you do, please let me know how it turned out.

    If you read the second or third comment below the article Get Rid Of Grasshoppers the Eco-friendly Way, you can read how one lady used the flour, but it did not work fast enough for her. So she ended up being able to cut them with scissors (most unique way.)

    She went on to say that she read grasshoppers hate cilantro, so she is going to plant a whole bunch of cilantro next year to hopefully deter any grasshopper heading her way. I hope she gives me feedback.

    I know that diatomaceous earth is great for getting rid of crawling insects, but I do not know if it would help to get rid of grasshoppers.

    By the way, can you see where the eggs have been laid on your plants by female grasshoppers? If so, you might want to get rid of those as I presume they eat your plants too.

    Please let me know how you fared out.

    Marcie

  • 5
    Marcia
    September 3rd, 2011 20:35

    This was some very beneficial information. I live in the country in Texas and the grasshoppers are as large as a small animal, and they are eating everything, especially my roses & shrubs. I am going to use the flour suggestion in the next day or two. Wind is too high right now. Thanks for the help.
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    Hi Marcia

    Glad to hear you are trying the recipe for grasshoppers. You may want to read the other comments below this article for other ideas if needs be.

    Please let me know how the flour worked out for you.

    Marcie

  • 6
    spydercat
    May 14th, 2012 18:51

    I am going to try the flour in the morning before I leave for work, and also the sawdust or wood chip border around the garden to keep out snails. I have a dark ale in the fridge I suppose that will be what I try in a can for the earwigs which there is no shortage of. I cannot have any type of birds since I live in a mobile home park. But I do have a raised 3 foot by 24 foot garden I want to grow organically this year. Have brought in all new soil and planted it. Will post again in a couple of days to let you know how these three methods worked out for me.
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    Spydercat,

    Thank you for your offer. Looking forward to reading your feedback.

    By the way, would you mind telling me what kind of soil you have used?
    Here in Ontario where I live, the nurseries have introduced Fanfard compost which I think is very unsafe. On the surface, the product looks great; however, they have added alkylphenol ethoxylates.

    According to the article found in the category Chemical Encyclopedia at healthychild.org, this product is a synthetic surfactant used in some detergents and cleaning products. They break down in alkylphenols which are used as antioxidants in plastics and rubber products. Beside the title, the website has the word “Caution”. According to the article, this product is moderately toxic and is considered an unclassifiable carcinogen by the World health Organization.

    In each bag is .1% of this product, add many bags and the gardener is creating a very unsafe environment for growing food. I will be creating a post explaining it all.
    Hopefully you did not get this product as part of your garden soil. If anyone wants more information, they can do a search on alkylphenol ethoxylates or go to healthychild.org, click on “Issues” , click on “chemical profiles” and scroll down to find the article. It is well worth reading.

    Thank you for reading my articles. So nice to see how people are slowly rising to the challenge of keeping our earth clean and safe. I am so thrilled when one other person joins the group who cares.

    Marcie

  • 7
    Kelly
    July 5th, 2012 12:25

    I tried this tactic with Pillsbury all purpose flour (not self rising) on my broccoli and brussel sprouts. It did not work for me at all. The grasshoppers did stay away from the leaves somewhat but attacked all the stems. Now I have no leaves or stems. Plus, when the flour gets wet from dew or rain and dries it becomes all tacky. Great for gumming up the mouths of the attackers but a pain to rinse off. The flour pasted itself on to the plants and it ended up doing more harm than good. Great idea but I think I am just going to invest in some netting.

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    Kelly
    Thank you for your feedback. Those grasshoppers are really determined.
    If anyone has come up with an effective way to get rid of grasshoppers short of using poisonous insecticide, we would appreciate hearing from you.

    Marcie

  • 8
    Siegfried
    March 15th, 2015 09:55

    I had millions of them.
    They show up in March as thousends of little babies on shrubs.
    Spary them with
    1 part of white vinegar (1 liter)
    3 parts of water (3 liters)
    2 tablespoons of liquid household soap

    As long as they are small the drop dead immediately
    Once the are bigger they are very resistant against almost everything.
    They usually show up early morning, before sunrise.
    I did repeat that for about 5 weeks.
    It works fine and it does not harm your plants.
    Good luck.
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    Hi

    It’s so wonderful to get your feedback and to hear about your success.
    Thank you

    Marcie

  • 9
    KER
    August 14th, 2015 03:02

    I think this is not a believable solution. Do people really think flour is going to gum up a strong jawed, munching grass hopper? I’d really have to see some studies and tangible tests.

    There’s one where the grasshoppers supposedly are attracted to molasses and water and drown. Would like to see studies and tests on that. Does it only work on adults or nymphs also.

    I visited the agricultural extension office today. Insecticidal soap isn’t effective, the Nolo Bait is non-specific as to what species it might kill and takes longer because it requires the grass hoppers to pass it along to others through contact, cannibalism etc. and it’s effects are hard to study because of the mobile nature of the grasshoppers.

    The bait that includes bran with 2% Carbaryl called Eco Bran seems to show it has an immediate effect if not wet etc. Farmers spray Carbaryl and it supposedly breaks down approx. 7-14 days if you get desperate and need an immediate kill.

    Another suggestion was to vacuum up the grasshoppers with a shop vacuum each day. Apparently some women saved their gardens by persevering for several days doing this. The rest of the gardens were munched. I have baby grass hoppers and I’m going to have to use a soft brush attachment. I’m still worried I would damage the squash leaves and I would still not have access to the entire watermelon plants.

    I have to do something tomorrow but it isn’t going to be flour. Remember how flour gets gummy with water. I’m not going to do that combination on my plant leaves

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