Friday, June 14, 2013

Oh, bother! the grasshoppers are back.

Picture the biggest  frowny-face you can possibly imagine.  That would be what I look like right now.   

I don't know if you can tell from these pictures or not; but THEY'RE BAaaaaCK! 
The grasshoppers!  We're having such a time with them. 
I'm at my wits end. 
You may remember a few years ago...we had a plague of grasshoppers. 
you can read all about it here. "Let my people go"

This is part 2-- 
I'm at a loss as to what to do for this! 
I think we're going to have to cover like we did before...with the Tull. 

Those little brown specs all over the branches in my Wisteria bush are grasshoppers. 


They are devouring everything in their path. Right now... everything is still green. But as the summer grows hotter and the months move forward... I'm sure the grasshoppers will march forward just like they did in   "The Glittering Cloud"

If they're not eating the Wisteria...they munch on the Pecan Trees...the new fruit trees we planted I'm afraid will wither and die. They will not be able to withstand the onslaught of these horrific soldiers... as they trample down my garden.  Stomping on and munching away at all our hard work.
I have no idea what will work. It's like they have on body armor and are impervious to all our weapons.

It is quite discouraging.
I have to fight back the anger...when I want to say "I QUIT!!!"


Since I reference The Little House series...you might be interested in reading "Learning from Ms. Wilder" ...a list of remarkable things I learned the first summer we had grasshoppers so bad and my experience with reading her books for the first time ever!  I re-read this post...and I find encouragement once again to keep trying to figure this out.

In the past we tried D.E. (diatomaceous earth), lemon soap and finally ended up covering with the netting.  Eventually they ate through the netting! 
This year so far, we've tried flour and Dawn dish soap...though not at the same time. I wish they'd just fly away!!! 

I am open to anything... except insecticides.  We're trying to grow our food without all those chemicals and poisons.
I'm asking if you've tried something and it was a success in getting rid of grasshoppers... please share it with me in my comments!
I'd love to hear about it.
You can all leave a link there if you have something for me to read about it.
Thanks so much.




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Finally, brothers,Whatsoever things are True, Whatsoever things are Noble,Whatsoever things are Right, Whatsoever things are Pure ,Whatsoever things are Lovely ,Whatsoever things are Admirable; if anything being of Good Repute, think on such things. ~Philippians 4:8

7 comments:

Diane said...

Oh my! I never saw so many in one place before. Hang in there!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

This is horrible, I HATE grasshoppers and your could saddle yours up for a ride! They are BIG. I saw this about molasses traps http://www.ehow.com/how_5865916_kill-grasshoppers-chemicals.html

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Here is an organic control from Mother Earth News using Nolo Bait or Semaspore Grasshopper Control
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/organic-pest-control-grasshoppers.aspx#axzz2WHn5SuK8

Christina H. said...

At least your chickens will eat well. I have heard that guineas are good at grasshopper control.

Balisha said...

My gosh...I've never seen such an infestation. We have very few here in N. Illinois, but we do get Japanese Beetles.They do a lot of destruction...they love roses.
Do they make an appearance and then disappear later on?
Balisha

Gail Wilson said...

yikes! I haven't seen a grasshopper 'round these parts in a long time. Now I know why, they're all at YOUR place!

gail

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Oh no! Looks frightening and discouraging. Stay strong! Maybe they will grow weary of the heat, but what do I know. We've never had that problem here. Sorry you are facing such pestilence!
Liz