If you have experience with pests lingering around your property, you are probably familiar with some of the problems that insects like spittlebugs can cause. Just like the name implies, these tiny insects leave little patches of white foam and spittle on garden plants. Even though there are at least 23,000 species of spittlebugs that exist today, they are not easy to see or spot – even by people who love to work in their garden. Whatever the case or situation, there are times when these insects become big problems, and you may need to get rid of them permanently so that they will not return again. So, for those of you who need a solution that you can use today, here’s an option that will help.
1. Identify Where Spittlebugs Hide
First of all, before initiating any type of pest control plan, you will need to identify where these little insects are located on the property. Unfortunately, one of their specialties is knowing where to hide so that they cannot be easily found. Two of their more common hiding places are usually in plants where two branches meet and where the leaf is attached to the stem. In either of these two places, you may find that the primary identifying mark of this insect bearing the resemblance of soap sudsy foam or white spit. In fact, these covers normally make very good hiding places for their hind legs. Also, because they are kin to leap hoppers, their faces normally exhibit the appearance of a Frog. So, they may also be called or referred to as frog hoppers.
It’s also important to follow through with fall clean up on your property to get rid of any additional hiding places that these little creatures might hide.
2. Use an Organic Solution
Once you have identified where these little insects hide in your garden, you may begin the process of getting rid of them so that they cannot cause undue damage to your plants. Though there are many ways to get rid of them, some people usually prefer an all-natural insecticide to a chemically based solution. For instance, you can make your own homemade insecticide easily with the use of 4 common ingredients that can be found around any home.
- 1/2 cup hot peppers diced
- 6 cloves garlic peeled
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons liquid soap (without bleach)
To prepare these ingredients, puree a ½ cup of hot diced peppers with the water and garlic. Once this mixture has been made, you should let it sit for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed, the next step is to strain these ingredients and then add liquid soap. This mixture will be used to spray and wipe the leaves where the foam is found. This organic recipe will not only help to kill off the spittlebugs but will also prevent them from hatching.
3. Consider Plant-Based Oils
If you do not have success with this all-organic solution, you may want to try to go a few steps further by utilizing plant-based essential oils. Plant-based essential oils are ideal for interrupting and deterring the insect’s feeding patterns as well as throwing off their normal activities. For example, try applying neem oil, citrus-based oil, lemon or orange oil on your plants. This remedy will aid in both controlling the spittlebugs and getting rid of them altogether.
4. Try Insecticidal Soaps
Another effective method of getting rid of spittlebugs is using insecticidal soaps. These soaps are made especially for getting rid of these and other little pests. These soaps are usually very successful at eliminating these problems. Particularly, because these ingredients contain salty-acids that work on the outside shell of the insect which causes them to dehydrate and die.
5. Use Predatory Insects
It is not uncommon for insects to control the spread of other insects by preying on them and this method can be considered as an option to get rid of spittlebugs too. To take advantage of this option, use the praying mantis as the predator to destroy the spittlebug. This alternative is considered to be the most drastic so it should only be used as a last resort.