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IPM1020, New June 2003

Turfgrass and Insects

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Grasshopper populations can build to massive numbers following several seasons of dry weather; however, in most years, numbers are not at harmful levels. Grasshoppers feed on the tender parts of grass and other plants, but there are generally enough natural predators to keep this insect under control. Grasshoppers are a nuisance only in well-kept turf, and actual injury is an extreme rarity.


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