Identifying Leaf Hoppers in Your Garden
Leafhoppers can be found anywhere, from wild forests to garden. They extract juice from the plants that decrease the essential nutrients. They have toxic saliva that is also dangerous for the plants.
The first symptom of the Leafhoppers’ damage appears on the leaves. They suck the underside and make holes in them. You can also notice the change of color in the leaves. They turn to gray or brown from green. The cause of the discoloration is the lack of nutrients. Hopper burn is also a sign of Leafhoppers’ attack. The plants suffer from deforestation, and the leaves fall on the ground.
- Nymphs usually hide under the leaves. Spray strong blasts of water to remove them.
- Sticky traps or double-sided tape are amazing tricks against the Leafhoppers. Set them around the plant and shake the plant, when Leafhoppers fly away they will stick in the trap.
- Ladybugs, minute pirate bugs and lacewings are the enemies of the Release them in on plants and they will destroy the adult Leafhoppers. Parasitic wasps, spiders, damsel bugs also enjoy eating Leafhoppers.
- Cover the plants with insecticidal soap. You can add one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to increase the effectiveness.
- Apply an insecticide before nymphs turn into adults. Insecticides like acephate and imidacloprid are most effective on leafhoppers.
Learn about the characteristics of the Leafhoppers so that you can easily identify them in the garden because early detection is the most important factor. Try to keep the plants healthy and tip-top to protect from various pests.