There are good and bad garden insects, and it is important for you to identify them so that you know which insects you should encourage and which ones should be eliminated from your garden. Leafhoppers are small tiny plant eating insect that invades the garden after the spring, they have insatiable appetite and can cause huge damage to plants. Leafhoppers extract sap from the host plant leaf an in-return damage the plant leaf colors with their toxic saliva. This pesky insect is present both in wild forest and home gardens. Lettuce, corn, beets, beans, potato, grapes, cannabis and many others are popular host of leafhoppers. Knowing how to kill leafhopper is very vital. The steps below will tell you how to get rid of leafhoppers.
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Leafhoppers are of several species and comes with different colors mostly green, brown, and others. There sizes lengthen from 3-15mm and the appearance varies depending on their stage of growth. The nymph is like adult grasshopper having same shape and features (Spine, hind legs) but the main difference being the short wing which is not enough to serve as roof to its back.
How to Control Leafhoppers?
Now that you know what these little insects are, you should get an understanding of how exactly you can get rid of them. They will jump off the plant if it’s disturbed so be careful.
Throughout the spring and summer months a leafhopper will live underneath the leaves of your plants. You’ll notice that if you walk through your garden they start jumping if you have them so this is a great way to determine if you have leafhoppers.
To get rid of them you’ll want to wash the plants with a strong force of water. Don’t only look for leafhoppers but also look for the nymphs that are growing as well. You could attempt attracting some of the leafhopper’s predators into your garden also to help get rid of them. Their predators happen to be flies and parasitic wasps and you can attract them by planting fennel, nectar plants, dill, and coreopsis.
When you have a severe infestation of leafhoppers consider the use of organic pesticides such as a neem oil or also pyrethrin. They will help you get rid of the leafhoppers from your garden, but strap these in the early mornings or evenings when they are settled in and not moving between plants.
As you can see it can be hard learning how to control leafhoppers on outdoor plants but it is possible. By taking the right steps you could quickly get rid of this insect and let your plants get back to being beautiful and full of life. Don’t let pesky little insects destroy your garden and learn how to control them fast.
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