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When I moved into my current home, I almost immediately noticed the roaches. While the place wasn’t overrun with them, I saw them far too often. For a few years, my husband and I tried almost every anti-roach product available on the market. We would enjoy success for a short duration. However, the roaches always came back. Then, a wonderful thing happened. We hired a pest control company to spray our home for termites. As a bonus, the chemicals used to prevent termites got rid of our roach issue. If you want to protect your family from harmful roaches, contact a local pest control entity today. On this blog, you will learn how to rid your home of roaches for good with the help of a pest control specialist.


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How You Can Fight A Grasshopper Infestation In Your Vegetable Garden

Jennie Lucas

As a gardener, nothing is worse than to find a pest infestation in your yard has begun to destroy or has destroyed some of your garden vegetables. An infestation of grasshoppers can decimate certain types of vegetables in your garden, as they can quickly eat leaves and the fruit from a plant. And if you have had grasshoppers in large numbers this year, chances are pretty good they will lay their eggs this fall to reemerge next season for another infestation. Here are some tips to help you combat your next grasshopper invasion and help save your garden:

Plant Strategic Vegetation

There are some types of flowers and other vegetation you can plant throughout your garden, which are repellent to grasshoppers. This may not immediately get rid of your yard's grasshopper population, but it can keep them away from your vegetable plants.

First, plant horehound, which has lives that have a bitter taste and is avoided by grasshoppers, and it is easy to grow in many environments. You can also plant marigold or calendula flower throughout or around the edge of your garden to help repel grasshoppers. The marigold flower emits a strong scent, which grasshoppers do not like and will avoid. Cilantro is an herb you can grow in your garden to also repel grasshoppers with its odor, which you may find pleasant, as it is often used to season Mexican and other south-of-the-border recipes, so you can pick it fresh from your garden.

Use Home Remedy Treatments

Along with planting specific grasshopper repellents, you can use ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen to eliminate grasshoppers. Grasshoppers do not like the smell or taste of garlic and it will repel them from any plants with the odor.

To use garlic as a repellent, first, mix up a solution of water and crushed garlic, making sure the mixture has a strong concentration of garlic. Let the garlic and water solution sit overnight for the water to become infused with the garlic. Place the mixture in a watering can and sprinkle it onto your plants in need of protection against grasshoppers. You can also put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it on your plants.

Sprinkle flour onto your plants overrun with grasshoppers. When the flour is on a plant the grasshopper eats, the flour will gum up the grasshopper's chewing mandibles and cause it to not be able to eat any further and cause the grasshopper to die.

Contact a company like JD Termite & Pest Control Company for more information and assistance.