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How To Control Mole Cricketsmole crickets

Sometimes being a gardener can be very frustrating. One moment you can have a healthy, green and lush garden and lawn beaming with life, and the next moment you can have those same green leaves and plants damaged by an intruder. One such intruder prefers to dig underground tunnels to do it’s damage on the sly. That insect is known as the mole cricket. As their name implies, mole crickets like to create tunnels under the lawn soil and damage grass and other plants. If left untreated long enough, mole crickets can become a destructive threat to the lawn.

Mole crickets are lawn pests that belong to the same family as grasshoppers and crickets. They are distinguished by their brownish-gray and shiny bodies and wide front legs which are shaped in the form of spades. The shape of their legs are perfect for digging. Adult mole crickets are about an inch to inch and a quarter in length with wings. Mole cricket offspring are similar looking but are smaller and do not possess wings.

Mole crickets are rarely seen because they live underground.  In the Southeastern United States, mole crickets have been on the rise and have caused trouble on many lawns and gardens. They enjoy a variety of grasses such as bahiagrass, bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass, centipedegrass, and zoysia. However, they cause most of their damage by burrowing through the soil. They tunnel through the top 1-2 inches of soil, loosening it and uprooting the grass plants, which then dry out.

If you have a mole cricket problem on your lawn or garden, you’ve come to the right place to get help. Solutions Pest and Lawn has everything you need: from high quality products, to expert DIY pest control advice so you can manage this lawn problem successfully.

How To Get Rid of Mole Crickets: 3 Step Solution

Protecting your lawn and garden from the threat of mole crickets doesn’t have to be complicated. If you arm yourself with the right products and DIY know-how, you can eliminate troublesome mole crickets and save your garden from their destructive ways. Solutions Pest and Lawn carries a variety of professional grade pesticide chemicals which can effectively address a mole cricket infestation. If you fear damaging your plants when treating mole crickets with pesticides, we also have green organic products that will kill mole crickets without damaging any of your garden plants. Below we have laid out our simple 3 step process for mole crickets control.

Step 1: We recommend starting with a careful inspection of your yard before involving chemical applications. The best way to go about doing that is to check your lawn for damaged areas. Since mole crickets live underground and like to make tunnels, you should keep any eye out for dead or browned grass. Late spring or early summer is a good time to do this to see what you’re dealing with on your lawn.

Step 2: Once you have mapped out the problems areas, you can then proceed with chemical treatment. Equip yourself with a high quality insecticide that you can find below and mix into a hand-pump sprayer. You should also make sure that you are wearing protective equipment when handling pesticides, even organic pesticides, for any chance of skin or facial contact which can be irritating or uncomfortable. Mix and utilize the product according to the set instructions on the label. Apply a soapy water solution to your lawn in the problem areas and soon enough mole crickets will emerge and then you can spray them.

Step 3: Once you have sprayed the adults, you can then go after nymphs. Timing is very important when controlling mole crickets as you want to treat them as soon as mole cricket eggs hatch for bed results. Continue applying insecticide to your lawn until there is no longer any mole cricket presence or damage. From this point forward you can then monitor your lawn regularly and spray insecticide as a preventative barrier to keep mole crickets out.

Browse our mole cricket control products below. If you have questions, order inquiries or would like free DIY advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are happy to help you via phone, email or online live chat.


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