Mole Crickets, as the name implies, are insects that resemble moles. They tunnel through the soil near the surface and feed on the roots and stems of grass plants. Although they live underground an you may seldom see one, adult mole crickets are 1-2 inches long with large beady eyes, spade-like front legs used for digging, and grayish-brown bodies. Unlike other cricket species, mole crickets are not good at jumping.
Signs of a Mole Cricket Infestation
A mole cricket can be identified by their tunnels in soil and grass. Also, during the mating season in the spring, mole crickets will build small mounds of soil so they can lay their eggs. A simple technique that can be used by homeowners to confirm the presence of mole crickets is to add 1–2 ounces of dish soap to a gallon of water and saturate the suspected area. This should quickly reveal both immature and adult mole crickets as they come to the surface.
Prevention and Treatment
Once you know you have a Mole Cricket problem steps should begin immediately as fall is a critical time for controlling the pest population before they move deeper into soil for winter and hibernation. There are multiple approaches for mole cricket control including biological control and chemical treatments such as insecticides.
Controlling mole crickets naturally. A variety of nematode products can be found online, but it must be specific to treating mole crickets and should be used soon after it has been received by mail. Nematodes are also most effective for treating adult mole crickets, so late summer and early fall is the optimal time to apply nematode products.
Additionally, liquid or granular insecticides are a common method for controlling mole crickets, but it is important that the insecticide reaches the soil underneath the surface where the mole crickets live. Fall is a critical time for applying insecticides before they dig deeper into the soil during winter, if an infestation is caught in the late spring, insecticides can be effective in early June and July when adults are active.
For more information about Mole Crickets in Oklahoma call Swift Pest Control (405) 887-9438.