Re: [gardeners] Re:'hopper deterents

Allen and Judy Merten (
Fri, 05 Feb 1999 00:22:44 -0600

    Thanks for the tip. I will do just about anything I can to cut down on the
    Bastrop Co.,Tx
    Zone 8

bsk wrote:

> Allen if you have the ability to do it, try to water well around your yard and
> garden areas, even the grass. I was doing some look - ups about grasshoppers
> last year for our Oklahoma herd of green hoppers. The research said that if the
> moisture level is high enough in the soil that it will make the hopper eggs go
> bad before they even hatch!  That is why when it is dry you get so many of the
> monsters! So it looks like even though you have a mild winter if you can keep
> some steady moisture in the ground it does help deter the green meanies. Now if
> we just new how much moisture that is would help out!.
> >The earthy smell of the plowed garden has gotten me all excited.
>     Oh my! Do you think we can bottle this and use it for Valentines Day
> excitement for my husband?
> bsk (central Oklahoma)
> zone 7a
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> >     I did find something today that I think will confirm my suspicions about
> > the lack of cold weather equaling a bad insect season. I found a newly
> > hatched grasshopper. Last year during the drought we had a plague of
> > grasshoppers. I figured that unless we had some hard freezes this winter the
> > large population of grasshoppers from last year would also mean a larger
> > number of grasshopper eggs. No freeze equals no winter kill. Bad news. I
> > don't recall seeing baby grasshoppers in Feb. in a long time.
> >     I have read that ducks are good grasshopper predators. I think I'll try
> > some ducks for insect control.
> >     Allen
> >     Bastrop Co.,Tx