To kill grasshoppers, introduce natural predators to the property or use a commercial insecticide in areas affected by the grasshoppers. Homemade traps are an option to eliminate grasshoppers in small gardens.Know More
Natural predators can significantly reduce the number of grasshoppers on the property. For instance, chickens, nematodes and some types of beetles are predators of the grasshopper. Nematodes are typically available at home and garden centers and can also help control other types of plant-eating pests on the property. Many types of birds eat grasshoppers, including chickens and other domestic birds.
Chickens and other fowl, such as guineas, can help reduce grasshopper populations when allowed to graze in the affected areas of the property. Some types of birds may also eat plants; however, relying on birds to remove grasshoppers from gardens often requires the use of fencing or other barriers.
Insecticides that contain carbaryl can be mixed with a grain, such as bran, to kill grasshoppers in gardens. Use the insecticide according to the directions on the packaging, and reapply as needed.
Homemade traps that contain molasses are an option for small gardens. To make the trap, mix 10 cups of water with a cup of molasses, and pour the mixture into small jars. Place the jars in various places in the garden to attract and kill grasshoppers. Empty and refill the jars as needed, and replace the mixture after heavy rains.Learn more about Invasive Insects
To treat fire ant infestations, apply a slow-acting pesticide bait to the property, and treat each ant mound with a fast-acting pesticide or boiling water to reduce the ant populations. Ant control techniques can take several weeks to eliminate a colony.Full Answer >
To keep flies away outdoors, plant mint, seed the property with cloth strips soaked in citronella oil, repel blackflies with vegetable oil and sassafras, and repel whiteflies with baby shampoo. The supplies you need are mint, cloth strips, citronella oil, vegetable oil, sassafras essential oil, baby shampoo and spray bottles.Full Answer >
Chiggers can be killed by using hot, soapy water. Taking a bath generally washes off the pests, killing most of the chiggers that have attached to the skin as well as the chiggers that are still crawling. Though this destroys the chiggers, it does not prevent the itching. Temporary relief is obtained by using ointments that contain benzocaine or hydrocortisone.Full Answer >
To kill gnats outside, make a solution of pepper, soap, water and oil, spray the plants, apply a nematode treatment, and put potatoes around the plants. The supplies you need are a jug, water, cayenne pepper, oil, Castile soap, a spray bottle, potato slices, a hose, and a nematode treatment.Full Answer >