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Grasshoppers be gone!

By: Garden Gate staff
Keep grasshoppers from taking over the garden.

Grasshoppers be gone!

Insects and disease can really hit hard in summer — don’t let either one take over, especially when it comes to pesky grasshoppers. These insects, seen at left, destroy foliage. Find out what to look for and what you can do about it.

Plants you’ll find it on Most ornamental plants and many vegetables. Trees and shrubs are less appealing.

Symptoms Chewed leaves, stems and flowers start showing up in summer.

Solution Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is a good choice but doesn’t work quickly. In the meantime, use a floating row cover to prevent damage. For a large infestation try a pesticide, such as Sevin®.

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