How to get rid of juvenile eastern lubber grasshoppers

Yuck! I went outside this morning and saw these gross juvenile eastern lubber grasshoppers all over my nice new lavender plant. lubber-03OMG, these things totally give me the heebie jeebies.
lubber-04But, I was determined to get rid of them. It’s pretty easy, once you get past the heebie jeebie part.

First, you’ll need a bucket of soapy water. And if you’re squeamish like me, you’ll also need some gloves. lubber-01Second, grab the little, jumping suckers and throw them in the bucket of soapy water. Grab as many as you can, because they’ll jump away and you’ll have to search for them. lubber-06That’s it. Pretty simple, right?

I screamed “EW” every time I grabbed a handful. I jumped and waved my arms after each pass. I’m pretty sure I heard my neighbors laughing at me.  lubber-05The juvenile lubbers like to come out early, so make sure you check your plants first thing in the morning. It might take a few days to get them all, so keep checking.

A little tip… kids will happily take care of it for you. Only a nickle a hopper.

Sonja Gapinski

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