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June 26, 2013

Protecting against plague-like pests

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During heavy grasshopper infestations, even these barriers may be damaged by hungry grasshoppers. It may be necessary to apply insecticides to the fabrics before they are used to cover the plants.

Some plants that require insect pollination may require hand pollination when covered by row covers. These fabrics may be obtained through some garden centers and via mail order catalogs.

The following list of plants, which are preferred and not preferred by grasshoppers, was created by extension horticulture agents, master gardeners and others. The plants listed were observed under heavy feeding pressure from grasshoppers.  As with all lists, results may differ as a result of various conditions and different breeds of grasshoppers.

Preferred by grasshoppers:

Amaryllis

Butterfly Bush

Canna Lilly

Day Lilly

Eleagnus

Iris

Liriope & Mondo Grass    

Mums

Peach

Photinia

Rose

Wegelia

Wisteria

Not preferred by grasshoppers:

Artemisia

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Crepe Myrtle

Dwarf Mexican Petunia

Euonymus

Lantana

Moss Rose

Passion vine

Perennial thrift and dianthus

Penstemon

Rock Rose

Salvia Greggi

Turks Cap

Verbena

Vitex

Cultural Tips: Control summer weeds in fallow fields. Short grass fields are less attractive to egg-laying adults and also there is nothing for the nymphs to eat when the eggs hatch. Eliminate tall grasses and weeds from around any plants you wish to protect (crops, trees and gardens). This makes the area less attractive to grasshoppers and makes it easier for birds to prey on grasshoppers.

For more information check these websites: AgriLifeExtension.tamu.edu, citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets; or call your County Extension Office at (940) 659-1228.

 

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