Sugar based pesticides

Anyone here ever use this stuff to control pests ? This year in my area the grasshopper population is at a biblical level. Any and all advice appreciated :confused:

Hey tidbit

Does the package say anything about controlling pests? Sounds like it’s just a carbohydrates type sugar booster for feeding the critters in the soil but I’m not familiar with it.
Are you wanting to be pro active and guard agent possible pests or are you currently dealing with problems with pests?

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It says “reduces insect pressure”, The way I understand it grasshoppers have no pancreas, so they will either taste it and leave or eat it and die. But for some reason the product can’t be advertised as a pesticide. And yes I am dealing with them now, they completely devoured and killed a 3’ tall Durban Poison overnight :cry:, a plant that was dusted with sevin dust the day before.

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Here is a great article about grasshoppers that also includes a garden-safe treatment if you are interested:

https://bugspray.com/article/grasshopper.html

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Never used it. Would be interesting to hear if you’re successful with it.

Thanks for the replies and the link. I’m familiar with the pyrethroids and have used them in the past. IME they don’t keep the varmints away for very long, they are more of a kill on contact spray. I’d really like to hear some real experiences with the sweet stuff before I commit to dousing my crop with it. Learn from the experience of others instead of learning the hard way for myself you know :roll_eyes:

Have you tried karanga meal it works well also neem oil.
I see that stuff at the co op when I buy fertilizer for my farm but I have never used it
Seven dust kills alot of the beneficals in the soil and turns soil into dirt
And im in the Midwest and I have not seen big grasshoppers like this since 95 or 03 I saw some that were 4in long yesterday

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I sprayed my entire garden with the sweetener yesterday and so far so good. Early this morning not a single grasshopper on any of my plants. I normally water with a broadcast sprinkler and I’m sure it will wash the “sugar coating” off pretty quickly. But if it does continue to keep the voracious little demons away I will start watering at ground level and spraying as needed.
The pic below is what Texas panhandle grasshoppers did to my Durban overnight, this plant was 3’ tall and healthy, the stalk is bigger than my thumb.

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