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Mole Cricket Damage in Grass, Lawns

Molecricket PictureMole crickets are the number one pest of turf grass in southern Alabama and Georgia, throughout Florida, and are spreading quickly along the Gulf Coastal region and Eastern Seaboard.  (Click here to see picture of 4 main molecrickets that are pests to lawns in the Southeastern United States.)  Their damage appears as brown spongy areas within normal green grass. Upon inspection you will notice the grass has been eaten just below the surface, separating the plant from its roots. Mole crickets are especially fond of Bermuda and centipede grass, but have also been found in St. Augustine lawns in the Florida Panhandle and along the Alabama coast.

Mole Cricket Adults and Nymphs

Adult mole crickets are plump, winged and 1 to 1.25 inches long. They are seldom seen, because, like moles, they stay underground most of the time.
They fly and mate twice a year, spring and fall. At this time you will find their exit holes of an inch or more. Mole cricket nymphs are wingless but look like small adults. The nymphs can become very numerous and cause great damage to your grass during the warm summer months.  Control methods aimed at eliminating mole cricket nymphs yield the best results, simply because they easier to kill than adults.

When to apply pesticides for killing molecrickets


Eliminate molecrickets with
Talstar

Mole Cricket Control

Mole crickets have become resistant to Diazinon, Dursban, Sevin (Carbaryl), and Malathion. Two products that still work well are Cyper TC and Talstar.

Treating With Talstar For Mole Crickets

Talstar is a synthetic pyrethroid that is available in both granular and liquid concentrate forms. When label instructions are followed, it is very safe towards non-target animals such as birds, reptiles and mammals. Talstar lasts much longer than most insecticides.  Talstar is very effective in controlling ants, fleas, chinch bugs and other turf and ornamental pests.

Using Talstar Granules For Mole Cricket and Chinch Bug Control

A 25lb. bag of Talstar will treat up to 12,000 square feet.

Order Talstar granules to treat your lawn for mole crickets.

Using Talstar Liquid Concentrate For Mole Cricket Control and Chinch Bug Control

A pint of Talstar liquid concentrate will treat 16,000 square feet, quart treats up to 32,000 sq. ft. when spraying for mole crickets and chinch bugs. Simply apply Talstar concentrate at the rate of 1 ounce per thousand square feet of turf, using your hose end sprayer. The label rate for killing ants with Talstar liquid is only 1/2 ounce per thousand square feet.

Order Talstar liquid concentrate for treating for mole crickets.

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