|New birdbath in the bamboo shade|
This is a spray that uses chili powder, mint, and some of my home-made soap. I dissolved some soap, put some mint in the blender then poured that into a jar with a healthy amount of pepper. I let this mixture sit overnight and strain it and let it settle again. Then I put it into a pump up sprayer and spray leaves and plants. I worry that the grasshoppers will see it as some sort of odd ethnic sauce for our vegetables and fruits. It has seemed to help, but I wouldn't count on it running all the bugs off. One really large grasshopper did seem disturbed when I sprayed it directly on him.
I have also added a small birdbath bowl. I am hoping that more birds will come and eat more bugs. The birds can sit on the fence or bamboo to dry out after drinking or bathing. They should appreciate it. I don't know how far they are traveling to find water now. Maybe a grasshopper basted in chili pepper and mint would be like some crunchy weird "Dorito" flavor for the birds.
The last photo shows a spot at the bottom of our older property. It is incredibly dry. Leaves are withering on shrubs and trees. If you look closely at the ash tree clump in the center of the opening, you can tell that they are showing heat stress.
|Yes, the grass is dry!|
Happily, I did not suffer any awful aftereffects. Please feel free to join me in praying for rain.