Mole Cricket Damage in
Mole 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
apply pesticides for killing molecrickets
Eliminate molecrickets with
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.
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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