Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Appearance:  Mole crickets are small, approximately 3-5cm in length.  They are brown, tan, or gray in color, and they have stripes across their bodies.  They have small eyes, long antennae, are cylinder-shaped, and they have claw-like fore limbs, that allows them to dig and burrow in the ground.  They are also distinguishable by the loud chirping noise that they make, especially during the nighttime hours.

Location and Behavior Patterns:  Mole crickets are most active during the early Spring, which is also the best time to treat for them, if you suspect that you have a mole cricket infestation.  Treating them as young nymphs will be more effective, than when their population has expanded too much.  They are harmful to the soil on your property, and they create tunnels underneath the ground that can be very harmful to your grass and other plants.  Their presence is noticeable by small dirt mounds that you will see in your yard, or if you have areas of grass that appears brown and is dying.  The affected areas will often be in lines, since the grass will be affected where the mole crickets are creating tunnels.

Treatment:  Treatment is recommended if you believe you have an infestation of mole crickets, and you suspect that they may do significant harm to your grass and plants.  Insecticides are effective for treating mole crickets, and your pest control specialist can take care of the treatment for you.

Mole Cricket