- Author: Jennifer Baumbach
Just this week it was announced by the Solano County Agriculture Commissioner, Jim Allan, that the northwest portion of Solano County is being inundated with grass hoppers. The area under attack is from Cherry Glen to the county line. There are people reporting the presence of a large number of grasshoppers eating their plants. Samples of the pest were taken for identification, but it's thought these grass hoppers are the Devastating Grasshopper or another grass hopper that is closely related.
So far, the pests aren't bothering the farm crops, but unfortunately are causing significant damage to homeowners plants. Grass hoppers will basically eat any plant that is in their wake.
The grass hopper is difficult to control, and only licensed professionals can use the pesticides that might control them. It's basically turned into a waiting game until they are done with their life cycle. There is more information on the UC IPM (UC Integrated Pest Management) website about grass hoppers, click here for that information. Here is a link to a printable handout with information about the biology and control of the pest.
So be on the lookout for this pest and good luck!