Trust us, you never want grasshoppers anywhere near your home. They’re arguably the most destructive pest you can have in your lawn or garden, capable of undoing all the time, effort, and money you’ve invested in your outdoor space in a matter of hours.
For context, grasshoppers commonly eat 50% of their weight in a single day, with studies showing that grasshoppers eat ¼ of the total available plant material in the Western U.S. Pretty, shocking right!? In fact, estimates indicate that only 6-7 adult grasshoppers per square yard on a 10 acre plot eat as much plant life as a fully grown cow.
Whether you’ve already spotted grasshoppers lurking in your garden or you simply want to make sure that never happens, the following natural tips will help you protect your precious crops and flowers from voracious grasshoppers and their infamous damage.
Floating row covers are essentially just lightweight rows of material gardeners use to shield their crops from weather and pest damage. As you might expect, these can help protect your flowers and veggies from grasshoppers, too. For best results, employ floating row covers starting in the earliest days of spring, just as the grasshoppers begin to hatch and emerge.
Made from fossilized sea organisms, diatomaceous earth (aka DE) is a natural pest control tool popular among gardeners. This highly effective, powdery insecticide is sharp and angular at the microscopic level, damaging any bugs that come into contact with it, causing them to die via dehydration.
To kill and repel grasshoppers, dust vulnerable plants and other high traffic areas with a light layer of DE. Then simply wait for it to take effect.
Laid near the end of summer, Grasshopper eggs persist in the soil through winter and finally begin to hatch in early spring. In addition to improving the health and productivity of your garden, tilling in fall and/or spring can help disrupt this cycle, preventing any of the eggs from producing more ravenous grasshoppers.
Used in much the same way as diatomaceous earth, salt-less all-purpose flour can be sprinkled on plant life to deter and kill grasshoppers. While DE works via dehydration, flour works by clogging up the grasshoppers’ mouth parts, usually leading to starvation.
Grasshoppers might eat a lot, but there are a lot of things that eat them. Welcoming natural grasshopper predators like chickens, guinea hens, and common lawn birds into your yard can substantially shrink an ongoing grasshopper problem. Installing bird feeders is an easy way to help this process along without purchasing any fowl of your own.
Frogs, toads, and lizards are also known to munch on grasshoppers. So If you have a natural body of water nearby or a lawn friendly to amphibians, introducing a few reptiles into your outdoor ecosystem is another effective approach.
Bottom line: The healthier your lawn and garden, the less vulnerable it will be to damaging pests, grasshoppers included. To kill and repel unwanted bugs—including harmful pests like ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas—spray your entire yard and garden each month with family-safe PCO Choice. We also suggest broadcasting Cedar Granules throughout your lawn and garden for additional natural pest protection.
Because PCO Choice is plant-based and pet-safe, you and your family can enjoy your lawn immediately after application. No downtime necessary.
The warm weather’s here and so are the fleas and ticks. Here are 3 tips to protect you, your pets, family, and your home from these troublesome pests.
1. Protect You & Your Pets
In addition to preventing harmful bites, regularly applying non-toxic repellents to you and your fur babies will keep fleas and ticks from hitching a ride into your yard and home.
2. Keep Fleas & Ticks Out of Your Yard
If there are fleas and ticks in your lawn, your family or pets are going to get bitten. Monthly pet-safe lawn treatments are essential to controlling unwanted bug populations.
3. Safeguard Your Home
Periodically treating pet bedding, kennels, and other pet spaces with a naturally sourced insecticide will help keep your home a flea and tick-free space.
Overall bug populations might surge in the summer, but many pests peak in fall. As the weather cools, bugs like fleas, ticks, ants, stink bugs, and wasps move indoors. This is often called the Fall Crawl. Want to enjoy a bug-free holiday season? Below are 3 steps to get you ready.
What Bugs Peak in the Fall?
In most areas, fall is actually the worst time of year for fleas. As temperatures drop near 70°F and precipitation increases, flea populations explode.
Think ticks die in freezing temps? Think again. Not only can ticks survive the cold, some species, like blacklegged ticks and winter ticks, are most active in winter.
Some types, like fire ants, become worse in fall. Others, which usually hibernate underground in winter, often sneak inside for food or shelter.
Fall means stink bugs. These annoying and odorous pests move into homes throughout autumn, sometimes by the thousands.
How to Keep Bugs Outside: 3 Easy Steps
Spray doorways, windowsills, baseboards, fixtures, and other potential entry points with Cedarcide Original weekly. Seal any holes and cracks you find in the process.
Kill and repel bugs before they make it inside by applying PCO Choice to your lawn each month, including shrubbery. For larger pest problems, start with two applications, two weeks apart, then monthly after that.
Protect your family and pets from harmful tick & flea bites by applying pet-safe Cedarcide Original before outdoor activities. Need deep woods protection? Choose extra strength Tickshield (only for use on pets over 20 lbs.)
They sure do! While these pests thrive in humid, warm conditions, they can also live (and bite!) throughout the winter.
It’s true they cannot endure freezing weather for extended periods, but they often find ways to survive anyway. In fact, some species of ticks are most active in winter. Adult blacklegged ticks, for example, take their first blood meals during late fall or early winter. The winter tick is another especially durable individual, living exclusively during the year’s coldest months.
Whether hiding in leaf litter, attaching to a warm host, or overwintering in a garage or animal den, fleas and ticks have several methods for surviving freezing conditions.
While fleas cannot hibernate or enter a dormant stage, ticks can. Going dormant on a host or under brush is actually a tick’s primary means of remaining alive through winter. Fleas, however, mostly seek warmth in shelters or hosts—like inside your home or on your pet.
Absolutely! Regardless of your environment, we suggest protecting your pets, home, lawn, and yourself from fleas and ticks year-round. The risks are simply too great. Halting pest prevention, even for just a few weeks, can have frightening results.
A single flea slipping through the cracks can lead to a full blown flea population in no time. Ticks are another matter entirely—we all know how dangerous they can be.
Prevention is your best friend when it comes to pest control. First, you need to ensure your home and yard are inhospitable to fleas and ticks. Start by removing all sources of clutter and debris from your lawn—this is where fleas and ticks will likely hide during cold snaps.
Next, use the Lawn & Garden Kit monthly to protect you, your family, pets, home and lawn from harmful bugs and dangerous bites. Apply all year-round unless your area experiences freezing conditions for several consecutive weeks. For warmer climates, we strongly advise applying all 12 months of the year.
For indoor prevention, spray possible trouble areas and entry points—like doorways, window sills, baseboards, attics, basements, etc—with family-safe Cedarcide Original weekly to create a repellent barrier against fleas and ticks. For more tips on preventing fleas and ticks from entering your home, click here.
For you and your pets, apply Cedarcide Original as needed before enjoying outdoor activities like hiking or visiting the dog park. For basic flea & tick prevention, apply Cedarcide Original every other day or more often as needed.