Mole Crickets Destroy Lawns

Mole crickets can become serious pests of turf grasses, pastures, and vegetable seedlings. Three non-native species of mole crickets occur in Florida, including the tawny, southern, and short winged mole crickets. Adults are about 1 1/2 inch long, light brown, and have enlarged forelegs that they use to dig in soil.

 

Mole crickets can destroy a lawn quickly. They dig tunnels under your grass and sever the roots of the grass.  They are a great enemy to golf courses, sod farms, and pastures, not to mention your lawn. They will destroy the roots of most turf but they especially prefer to snack on Bahia grass and Bermuda grass. They have two enemies: armadillos and raccoons, both of which also dig up the lawn as they search out mole crickets to eat.

 

Mole crickets are most active and do the most damage to turf from late August to October. Their eggs are laid in April and May which are great months to treat your lawn for mole crickets. These pests come out at night. If your lawn is not treated, a colony of these pests can destroy your lawn very fast. If you see large areas of dead turf and small mounds of dirt in your yard, you can suspect mole crickets.

 

If you think you have mole crickets in your lawn, call Perschel and Meyer Pest Management.