Leaf hoppers are plant eating insects that can damage plants and transmit disease from plant to plant.
To get rid of leaf hoppers follow these steps:
Insecticides such as Kiwicare SUPER SPECTRUM or SPECTRUM are effective at controlling leaf hoppers on roses and ornamentals. Both kill rapidly without any leaf burn or marking. SUPER SPECTRUM is also registered for use on fruit crops. We recommend the use of SUPER SPECTRUM as a curative and SPECTRUM as preventative treatment once the infestation is under control.
For long lasting control on vegetable crops use CARBARYL INSECT CONTROL.
Kiwicare also offer some great natural and BioGro® certified alternatives to deal with leaf hoppers in your garden. ORGANIC SUPER SPRAYING OIL sprayed directly on leaf hoppers and their fluffy bum juvenilles will control them. Do not spray in hot sunny conditions as burning can occur.
For use on fruits or vegetables, we recommend ORGANIC INSECT CONTROL with pyrethrum. Make sure to regularly spray all parts of the affected plants for most effective treatment.
Leaf hoppers are either slim or delta shaped, often green or brown insects, but they can be a variety of colours. They eat plants and cause mottling of leaves and can spread disease. Leafhoppers can occur in large numbers during late summer and autumn.
Young leaf hoppers are known as fluffy bums. These small pale insects jump when disturbed or touched.
Damage usually occurs in summer & autumn and is mostly confined to mature leaves. You can usually tell you have leaf hoppers by pale yellowing of the foliage. Leaves develop typical areas of yellow speckling where leafhoppers have been sucking up plant sap. The damage caused is mostly cosmetic.
In autumn leaf hopper females lay eggs in the stems of host plants. Eggs hatch in spring. Young nymphs feed on the underside of leaves, developing through 5 growth stages before moulting as winged adult males and females. Mated females usually lay summer eggs in the veins of host plant leaves, where they are protected from some non-systemic pesticide sprays.
Leafhoppers are the common name for members of the family - Cicadellidae.