people panic and treat their lawn with all sorts of pesticides when they see
mole crickets in the spring or at the first sign of a brown area in their lawn.
What they don’t understand is the biology of this pest.
crickets spend the winter mostly as adults in the soil. As the weather warms in
late February and march, adult mole crickets emerge and begin to mate. During
the mating process, the male makes a chamber in the soil and chirps to attract
a female. Attracted females fly to the males. After mating, the male dies. The
mated female begins tunneling and laying eggs in the tunnels. After which, she
dies. This mating process is occurring in late evening and at night.
treatments during the mating and egg laying activity in spring, when mostly
adults are present, are not recommended because adults are not easily killed
and the chances of re-infestation from subsequent flights and unhatched eggs is
lawns can suffer some damage in spring, it’s better to mark areas of mole
cricket activity and target those areas for treatment in mid-June through July
after the eggs have all hatched and before the nymphs (immature mole crickets)
are large enough to do much damage. But don’t treat at all if there is no
evidence of mole cricket activity.
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