Lubbers: They’re baaaaack!

Post prepared by Michelle Atkinson, Environmental Horticulture Agent

Lubbers can be controlled with a non-chemical method. The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper rarely occurs in high enough numbers to cause significant damage to gardens and ornamental plants. In most cases homeowners can easily reduce lubber populations by hand. Lubbers are large, slow moving, and essentially harmless to humans. You can throw them into a bucket of soapy water or a trash bag to kill them. Within in minutes you should be able to minimize any potential damage.