If you ignore mole crickets they can destroy pretty badly your lawn and to prevent this situation from happening you have to eliminate, even kill these ugly insects.
In the spring, mole cricket damage is more obvious and if it’s not treated in time, they will spread during the summer devastating your lawn and crops.
Good-to-know! These insects are extremely attracted to lawns that have thick, spongy mat. Improper mowing, excessive watering and fertilization can lead to mole cricket invasion.
However, a mole cricket invasion needs to be treated immediately otherwise the spreading will happen quickly. It happens that these ugly insects to overwinter with no problems due to their deep burrows digging. So, females will lay eggs beneath the soil surface in spring. That’s what I call a colony!
It seems that controlling mole crickets depends on the season. In early spring you can apply the parasitic nematode treatment which attacks the adults. This way, females will be gone before laying their eggs and summer treatments will be more effective.
On the other hand, summer treatments are extremely effective and pretty vulnerable on the nymphs.
How to check if there are any mole crickets?
Prepare soapy water as it follows: in one gallon of water mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap. Pour this water over 1 foot square area and if mole crickets are present, they will appear at the surface in minutes.
Important! Irrigate well after applying this soapy water treatment and do this in early morning or late evening.
How to get rid of mole crickets?
The only solution is to apply chemical treatments such as Talstar One Termiticide Insecticide in early June or July to kill the nymphs. Apply the treatment on moist soil to encourage mole crickets to come out to the surface. Read carefully the instructions on the label.