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,,,And I mean to make sure it is bad for them!
I'm not sure how big of an area is included in the forecast, or if it's to be the worst year of infestation of them in 30 years, or since 1930!
,,,,but I've got 48 praying mantis egg cases put out, and have got a gallon of malathion, most of which will go into making my homemade grasshopper bait!
One batch includes 20 pounds wheat bran, a quart of corn or veggie oil, a quart of liquid seven or pint of malathion, two gallons of water, a quart of molasses, and a few drops dish soap.
Mix: water, oil, poison, dish soap, molasses all together in a tub/wheelbarrow,
Add wheat bran and stir till well absorbed,
Let set 4 hours and stir again,
Let set over night and stir again before putting clumps out around plants/trees/bushes etc. you want to protect,,,a scoop at a time with a garden trowel works well!
I still need to get one more 50 pound bag of wheat bran, and at least 2 gallons and a quart of molasses to make all the bait I intend to make this year,,,I already have 100 pounds of wheat bran, so my 7.5 batches of grasshopper bait should get the place pretty well covered and protected!
I also will stop in at a place where I found I can buy Neem oil by the gallon, for use on the garden, it is a organic insecticide/insect-repellent/fungicide that I had good luck with in the garden last year,,,even though the grasshoppers were so hungry they were eating wood!
Those grasshoppers seem to get worse every year even though I seem to kill a bigger and bigger share of them every year!
This is the first year I've heard on the news before they hatched out how bad they were going to be,,,,and the first year I was here, which I now think of as a mild infestation of grasshoppers, they were talking about bringing out the National Guard to fight the grasshoppers where I live!
Geez, that sounds bad. Hope it all works.
Sounds like the deer here. The more they cull the herds, the more twins and triplets are born!
The bible tells us nature will try to take over what we claim as our fields but it is our duty to keep them part of civilization.
Sure feels good to know someone else thinks I'm doing the right thing instead of giving up and moving back to town!
People like to think out loud, that's all. And most of the time, they're not thinking about you but themselves as to would they really be able to do all that work? People who aren't doing what you're doing simply can't give you advice and it's very frustrating!!
Challenges DO keep up peppy!
Here's a couple of good quotes for you:
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to
accomplish small tasks as if
they were great and noble."
- Helen Keller
Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.
- Barbara Tober
Eastern Montana is bad for grasshoppers far worse than my place, there it's dry everywhere, and besides now I have a pond to eventually get set up to irrigate out of,,,,or let the grasshoppers jump in and drown!
These here grasshoppers. How big are they, do they hop or fly. Isn't there somewhere,Australia I think, where they eat grasshoppers. You know- if you can't beat them EAT THEM.
I saw a sign on the road that said'Grass hoppers this way for Larrys Rock Garden'. Do you think I should take it down Larry?
Leave that sign up Colin!,,,,less of them will get away from me that way!
I've seen grasshoppers on my place I estimate to have been 4 inches long!
... especially chocolate covered grasshoppers!
Praying Mantis' are very special. As kids, we'd find egg cases and put a box of screen over it so we could watch them hatch. I'm always happy to find a few in my garden.
I believe in listening too the bibles guidelines on clean and unclean food, and even though the bible does say grasshoppers are clean so we can eat them, it does not recommended the eating of them, so I'm not going to eat them unless it is a last resort.
I have heard the poor over in the middle east love them fried in butter.
I finished getting my ingredients for the bait yesterday! :D
I believe I have enough to make enough bait to keep my 5.6 acre place protected from those pests, and all for under 140 dollars!
I can just imagine how many pests will fall victim of my sweetened pesticide bait this year, when last year there carcasses were at times piled an inch thick and a foot or more square on a garden trowel of bait, and this year they made it into the news with there planed invasion!
Good Luck Larry, only in movies have I've seen these critters take over ... it surely is devastating.
Hope you get most, if not all, and Try-Try-And Try Again is satisfying. I forget sometimes that it's a "plan", not a given success.
Do you get any kind of Farmer's Report to warn you that the invasion is starting?
No, I usually just wait till they start hatching, then watch till they get growing and start moving in on the place bad from the neighbors.
I get more effective at getting rid of them every year, and even if I get wiped out, if I get enough soon enough to keep them from laying enough eggs to do the same the next year I am victorious in a sense!
,,,And besides, after they lay there eggs they go back to devour the rest of the neighbors' hay crops, so even if they lay there eggs, they will probably die before they Finnish off the farmers!
I see your direction about irrigation, didn't know that these pests thrive where it's dry.
There's a way to kill the eggs with bee flies, beetles, and crickets that consume grasshopper eggs, but I have no idea what that costs.
Talk about dropping everything and runnin' to take care of this problem. Hope your neighbors are as vigilant as you!
It's like that old suburban issue -- but on a much more serious scale -- where there's always that one neighbor who doesn't kill the dandelions, to the frustration of those that want a pristine lawn.
Oh well ...
Except with grasshoppers it's the one or more farmer who doesn't have the money to fight them, and all the dryland pastures that would cost more to control the grasshoppers than could possibly be made from the forage on them!
I haven't seen any grasshoppers since the snow last week!
Not even when mowing!
There were few of them out yet, but any of them getting gotten by the weather helps!