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This year I keep finding these little bugs that look like small grass hoppers.
They are brown and only 1/4" big.
I think they are making little holes in my eggplant leaves.
I have never seen them before.
Could anybody identify them, please?
I think birds must eat these critters because I see very few of them in our garden.
Perhaps someone else will have a remedy. I'm hopeless when it comes to bad-bug control because, for the most part, I leave it to Mother Nature. She seems to do a great job on everything but squash vine borers.
My Eggplants will get too big for cover.
I did plant them in a different area of my garden to run away from flee beetles ...
those funny little grasshoppers are a NEW thing to me ... I will watch them.
DrThor, I have found a neem oil spray to be the best solution for grasshoppers, best used in a direct contact spray. After a few hours/days, they will have lost their appetite and you know the rest of the story. There is also a commercial grasshopper bait available that may be effective, but not as transparent as the neem oil. Here are two other plant derived pesticides that might help:
Mexican Marigold (Tagetes erecta) Leaves
Materials: Mexican marigold leaves; soap; boiling water; mortar and pestle; strainer; pail. Method of preparation: Pound leaves and soak in hot water. Let stand for 24 hours. Strain. Dilute the filtrate with water at a ratio of 1:2; add 1 tsp soap to every quart of the extract.Target pests: Ants, aphids, grasshoppers.
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) have long been known to repel insects, kill flying insects like grasshoppers, and make your garden smell great. They contain the active ingredient eugenol, which comprises 72-90% of the essential oil extracted from cloves and is the compound most responsible for the cloves' aroma. While the oil has great properties, it is also anti-microbial and should be avoided for horticultural purposes, to say nothing of being very expensive. Purchasing whole cloves in bulk is the better value. A pound can be purchased from online vendors for less than US$15.00 and will last forever in a moderately sized garden. To use whole cloves may require a grinder or mortise. Materials/Tools: Cloves, ground or bulk, a grinder, water, and sprayer. Method of preparation: Use 2-3 tablespoons of ground cloves per gallon of water or soak whole cloves in warm water (not boiling water) overnight; mix well. How to use: Spray infested plants with watering can or hand sprayer; otherwise, spray soil. Target pests: Flying and soft body insects. Effect on humans: Therapeutic. The oil should be avoided if pregnant or liver or kidney conditions are health issues. Effect on non-target organisms: Mild.