Hog and Dogs Ranch / Produce

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locust how do you stop them?

This is one of the worst things that have happened for us while growing chemical and pesticide free foods. 8 days ago we had a few grasshoppers, which grew to a overwhelming amount. We called for help to universities,with bug programs, to find out what to do.Time passed the news showed up channel 31 KOVR they were wonderful wanted to help but they didn't know what to do either??? We waited for someone with more knowledge to call,NOTHING then finally I was able to speak to a Berkley professor he tried to give suggestions,Told us to call UC Davis we already had we were waiting for them to call back. Finally an answer or was it "your best bet is to try to build a trench around the area and fill it with a soppy or oily mixture," We are on our 6th day when the call came in, its a little late for the devastation they have already caused. On the internet it suggested making a drench of sorts to spray on and around the plants one was out of jalapeno or whatever hot pepper we could use grind it soak in water for 24 hours add cooking oil and spray over the plants it is said that locust or grasshoppers hate hot peppers.I wish i could have had the grant money they got to come up with this,We went out and took pictures of the bugs eating our jalapenos from inside the peppers ate the plants to the dirt,so much for that idea we could really use some true farming ideas to help it is a try and try again thing our CSA opens on the 28th with a open house if this keeps up we will be serving choc covered grasshoppers as the main course.
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