Tips for grasshopper control:
- Catch and kill grasshoppers in the early morning when they are least active.
- Use a sweep net to remove grasshoppers from plants.
- Expose grasshopper eggs to predators and the elements by digging in the ground in early spring.
- Till vacant land in the mid- to late summer to reduce potential egg-laying sites.
- Keep ground free of weeds to discourage egg laying.
- Two-feet-tall, smooth surface, angled barriers can keep grasshoppers out of gardens.
- Floating row covers can protect plants.
- Grasshoppers are attracted by sicky yellow traps.
- Containers filled with 10% solution of molasses and water, covered with a film of canola oil and burried so rims are at ground level can be used to trap grasshoppers.
For more information, read University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Carson City/Storey County Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly’s article “Grasshopper Attack.“