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Grasshoppers in the garden




In large numbers, grasshoppers are a serious problem for farmers as well as a serious annoyance to home gardeners. Most landscapes have occasional issues with damage due to grasshoppers, for which there are both natural, organic solutions, as well as chemical means of controlling the pests.


Before undertaking wholesale eradication, though, be aware that grasshoppers do offer some benefit to the environment. The grasshoppers themselves serve as food for birds, lizards, spiders, and other arthropods and insects, and their excrement provides nutrients to fertilize plants. A handful of grasshoppers in your garden is no cause for alarm and may actually be a sign of helpful diversity. It's not until the plant damage becomes widespread that serious control efforts should be.


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