Leafhoppers are small, fast-moving pests that do most of their damage on the leaves of your crops. They feed on everything from fruits and veggies to ornamental flowers but, luckily, are rarely capable of completely destroying a crop. Still, they can cause significant damage in large numbers. Learning how to combat them naturally can help keep your plants at their healthiest.
Leafhoppers come in many colors, from brown to green and speckled varieties. They move in a hopping motion, as their name suggests, and are often confused for aphids. But the marks they leave have a trademark pattern that differentiate them. Look for:
In all likelihood, you’ll get a few leafhoppers but won’t see any significant damage to your plants. Many gardeners can simply ignore them with no net loss.
However, if they’re present in large enough numbers to damage the look or health of your garden, try companion planting to attract leafhopper predators:
As a hopping insect, they’re also relatively easy to control (in small numbers) with sticky traps. Place the traps between plants to catch the hoppers mid-jump.
If your leafhopper population is severe enough to merit a “scorched-earth” approach, it’s time to go the inorganic route. In this case, two insecticidal options will get to the route of the problem: