Use a Shop-Vac on Your Grasshopper Infestation

A Shop-Vac can suck up grasshoppers in your garden, so you can turn a grasshopper infestation into a feast for your chickens.
April/May 2012
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/grasshopper-infestation-shop-vac-zm0z12amzhun.aspx
A Shop-Vac will make quick work of eliminating grasshopper infestations in your garden.


PHOTO: FOTOLIA/VL@D

In summer 2010, we had a grasshopper infestation. I went online looking for good/safe/organic ways to get rid of them, and was disappointed to find nothing useful. I mentioned the problem to my husband, who thought for a moment and then said, “I’ll take my Shop-Vac out there, suck them up and feed them to the chickens!”

That’s exactly what he did, and it eliminated the grasshoppers in the greenhouse. The first time he emptied the Shop-Vac in the chicken pen, the chickens scattered in fear. But the second time they heard the vacuum, they were waiting eagerly for their treats.

Chris Fischer
Colbert, Washington