The best way to get rid of spittle bugs is to knock them off plants or bushes using a stream of water from a garden hose. Spittle bugs are rarely a serious problem for a home garden but can hurt crop plants and ornamentals, including strawberries, juniper and pines. Even with infestation, less toxic pesticides, such as insecticidal soap or horticultural oils, are extremely effective in eliminating spittle bugs.Continue Reading
Spittle bugs are named for the unsightly bubbles they excrete from their back ends. The bubbly foam serves as a protective cover, according to Gardening Know How. Yellow green or green nymph spittle bugs move along inside the bubbles, feeding on plant juices. Even so, these bugs do little damage to the host plant unless they appear in large numbers. The adults are tan, mottled brown or black, and they are about a quarter to half an inch long with frog-like faces. They are also called froghoppers. The adults jump when disturbed.
Spittle bugs prefer pine trees or junipers but settle on other plants, including rose bushes. Because spittle bugs lay their eggs on old plant debris in the fall, which overwinter in place and hatch in the spring, removal of debris from the garden in the fall protects the garden from spittle bugs the next growing season.Learn more about Pest Control
Tips for home garden pest control include removing weak plants, cleaning up garden debris, mixing plant types, repelling pests with plants or other insects, and building healthy soil. Damp, dark conditions, weak plants and garden debris attract pests that then attack the healthy plants in the garden. Making the home garden less appealing for pests helps keep them away with less need for chemical pesticides.Full Answer >
Make your own garden pest soap by mixing 1 tablespoon of regular dish soap with 1 quart of water. Multiple quarts of water require an equal number of tablespoons of dish soap, so a gallon of garden pest soap requires about 4 quarts of water and 4 tablespoons of soap. Only use regular dish soap made for hand-washing dishes when making garden pest soap, as dishwasher detergent is too harsh for use on plants.Full Answer >
Prepare homemade bug killer for the garden with garlic, onion, ground cayenne pepper and dish soap in a water base. For use on people, a mixture of water and dish soap or mild detergent helps to keep bugs at bay. Use bug killers and repellents regularly to keep the bugs away.Full Answer >
A mixture of garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, water and liquid dish soap makes an effective garden insect spray. To make, liquefy one garlic clove and one small onion. Mix with 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper, 1 quart of water and 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap.Full Answer >