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Unread 07-07-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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That's okay, ElkHunter. I didn't keep the tag for the blue bells, or whatever they are. Please let me/us know how the cantaloupe's do. If they work for you, maybe I'll plant a couple of plants next summer. I love cantaloupe!

Thanks for the tip about the chickens, Jody. My landlord's pretty easy going, but I don't know how he'd feel about chickens in the back yard. Although, I've thought about asking him if I could have a few chickens, even before the grasshopper infestation. Hmmmm...I'll have to think about that.
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Unread 07-08-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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I use Spectracide bug killer I got at Walmart. It will kill on contact.
I also mix half Seven 10% dust with half 100% bran flour. Mix well then add water into it mixing until you can make small balls with your fingers about 1/2 the size of a pea. I broadcast these all over the property. The hoppers really eat this and you will find many dead ones in and among the weeds and such. The Spectracide I put on the outside of my burlap on the garden fence also on the veggies and fruit trees and bushes many dead bugs along fence. I have had great success late last summer and so far this year. I got the hopper recipe from a old man in Tennseess he has used this since the late 1960's.
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Unread 07-09-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Growing up I remember too well how much the grasshoppers loved our garden in Lovell. There must have been hundreds of them back there at times. I've never seen infestations that bad any other place I have ever lived, even in much milder climates.
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Unread 07-09-2011, 01:52 PM
 
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When there is a lot of grasshoppers, it is hard to keep them at bay. I've never had any luck when there is an infestation of them.
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Unread 07-09-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Thanks for the recipe, CptnRn.

I'm remembering how many grasshoppers there were last summer, and I doubt I can get them all. Plus, with cats & other critters inhabiting the yard, I wouldn't want to spread anything around, that might do them harm.

Having said that, I may get some Sevin to spray exclusively on the Bee Balm plant. The grasshoppers are eating so many holes in the leaves, I'm afraid it won't live, otherwise.

I figure it's not a good idea to spray Sevin on the basil, so I don't know if that will survive. I'll just hope for the best, I guess.

Darn grasshoppers.
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Unread 07-09-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Auburn
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Our Extension agent when he lived in Utah had a 5th wheel tailor set up to haul a few hundred turkeys. He would get paid to herd them on people’s yards and estates to thin down the crickets and hoppers.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Our Extension agent when he lived in Utah had a 5th wheel tailor set up to haul a few hundred turkeys. He would get paid to herd them on people’s yards and estates to thin down the crickets and hoppers.
Creative business idea!
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