Once upon a time, I loved grasshoppers. That is, grasshoppers that would show up by the pairs, and hop around for a few days, and leave as suddenly as they appeared. I no longer like grasshoppers. With the absence of a hard freeze in two years, this year has been a trying year for organic pest control.
My family and I returned home one day in early June after a nice family outing, to be met with thousands and thousands of grasshoppers, covering the bricks to our house. Within the next few days, the population of grasshoppers increased to the point of us having to use windshield wipers in our vehicles when on our property, when taking care of our farm animals, we felt like we were going out to do battle with the grasshoppers, swatting them away and getting them off of clothing and out of hair!
The little pests ate over an acre of corn and pumpkin plants, and every flower and bush on our farm. Last week, they ate the leaves off of two of our mature trees.
We tried spraying a vinegar/water/soap mixture, that had no effect. We tried dusting plants with flour, in hopes that it would gum up the mouths so they could no longer eat, thus killing them. That was not a success either.
Our only grasshopper free areas are the pig pens, around the turkey pens, and the chicken house. We let our poultry out to eat as many grasshoppers as they can, but we have more grasshoppers than they can handle.
So, yesterday, my husband brought home eight hungry ducklings and sixteen baby chicks! The war is in! We are going to be picking up twenty more ducks to try to tackle this problem! Wish us luck!!!!
Please let me know if you have any organic ways of getting rid of grasshoppers! I know there must be other farms that have had this issue in the past or present!