Not all weeds can be controlled by herbicides. Of the three types of weeds we are seeing in Northeast Florida, the broadleaf (i.e. dollar weed) and sedge can be controlled with herbicides. Grassy weeds (i.e. crabgrass) simply needs to be removed by hand. There is no selective herbicide on the market today that will kill grassy weeds without killing the grass itself. If you see that weeds have started flowering, pull them up immediately or they will blow seeds across your lawn, creating more of a problem.
Richardson said they’ve been busy lately because of the bugs.
“We’re receiving three to five phone calls a day about them,” Richardson said
We found a cluster of them feasting on a large plant’s leaves near Commonwealth and McDuff.
“They like the succulent type of lilies,” Richardson said.
The best way to get rid of them is to treat them soon as they hatch, which is usually in March and April; otherwise they have to be grabbed one by one.
“Take them off the leaf put them in a bucket and in the bucket we recommend to either have rubbing alcohol or soapy water,” Richardson said.
The liquid will asphyxiate the bugs.
The University of Florida’s commercial horticulture agent Erin Harlow has found another use for the critters.
“We do use these grasshoppers for our bug camp every summer,” Harlow said.
Kids will be dissecting the grasshoppers for a hands-on science lesson.
“I thought maybe they’d be a little squeamish last year, but they did really really well I mean they’re just really cool bugs,” Harlow said.
Camp “Incredibugs” runs July 16-20 for ages 11 to 18.
It’s $100 or FREE if the camper submits an essay (preferably handwritten, around 500 words) about an insect or group of insects and what makes them incredible.
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