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June 26, 2013

Protecting against plague-like pests

By Scott Mauney | Palo Pinto County Agrilife Extension Agent

PALO PINTO COUNTY – Grasshoppers are occasional pests of ornamental landscapes, gardens and agricultural crops. But some years are worse than others.  

A cool dry spring, like the one we just had, seems to provide the best opportunity for successive emergences of different grasshopper species. This results in a seemingly endless procession of the pests. 

Because grasshoppers require relatively large breeding grounds in which to build large populations, most severe outbreaks occur near farmland and other less disturbed areas, such as in rural communities, farmsteads and urban fringe areas.

Although grasshopper damage is difficult to completely prevent during outbreak years, homeowners can minimize their impact through the use of barriers, insecticides and landscape plants that are less prone to damage.

Because residents of urban communities generally have little control over the surrounding countryside –  the breeding grounds for grasshoppers – management options for grasshoppers in urban landscapes are limited.

Homeowners can protect valuable plants, to some extent, through the use of residual insecticides.  Geotextile fabrics can be used as barriers to protect valuable vegetables and specimen ornamental plants.  Also, landscape plants that are less attractive to grasshoppers can be used (see the lists of preferred and non-preferred plants).

Recent tests have shown that insecticides containing bifenthrin (found in some Ortho Home Defense products) and lambda-cyhalothrin (Scimitar) provide the fastest knockdown and longest residual control. 

Products containing permethrin, cyfluthrin and esfenvalerate should also provide good control. Products containing chlorpyrifos, diazinon and carbaryl will provide control for shorter periods.

Geotextile fabrics have found increased use among vegetable gardeners as floating row covers to protect plants.  These fabrics are light enough to permit needed sunlight and air circulation to occur within plants that are covered, yet strong enough to provide a barrier to many insects.  

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