No matter where you live in the United States, you've probably encountered a grasshopper. But if you're like many people, you may have called it a cricket [Link to new Crickets pest page] instead. Like crickets, grasshoppers have very large hind legs. But they have short, club-like antennae instead of long, slender antennae like crickets have.
Many common grasshoppers blend in with the grasses and plants they feed on. They come in shades of gold, brown and grassy greens, but other types range from brilliant colors to black and white. Common grasshoppers grow between 3/4 and 2 inches long — larger than common crickets — but many species are much smaller or larger. The type you'll find in your landscape varies depending on where you live.
Most grasshopper damage goes unnoticed until weather conditions and food supplies put grasshoppers on the move. Their populations seem to grow in cycles. When this happens, these pests leave trails of destruction as they migrate to find food.
Rather than chewing small holes, these pests use their large mouthparts to systematically devour large portions of leaves. Though they target young, tender plants first, all types of grasses and plants are at risk.
Grasshoppers are strong fliers and jumpers that can cover long distances with ease. Effective grasshopper control targets these pests in lawn areas and on the plants where they'll migrate to feed. Amdro brand has you covered in both areas with products that kill grasshoppers and keep protecting your landscape from new waves:
Grasshopper problems get their start in unmaintained areas with long grasses or weeds. Then the pests migrate to cultivated landscapes nearby to feed. To reduce grasshopper visitors, keep your landscape borders short and weed-free.
Always read product labels and follow the instructions carefully.
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