There are many different types of pests that can cause damage to your lawn, with mole crickets being one of them, especially at this time of year. Mole crickets have been estimated to cause more than $30 million a year in lawn damage, particularly in Florida. These crickets are nocturnal and spend nearly all their life underground burrowing as deep as 30 inches. Their damage is caused by tunneling as well as feeding on your lawn’s root system.
Mole crickets are large crickets, cinnamon brown in color and range from 1.25 – 1.5 inches in length. Eggs are deposited in chambers hollowed out in the soil, averaging 6 inches or deeper. A female excavates 3-5 egg chambers and will deposit approximately 35 eggs per chamber. The eggs hatch around 20 days later and the new crickets will tunnel to the surface to feed in the upper soil.
During their immature and adult stages, mole crickets develop and occupy extensive tunnel systems. Young mole crickets are active leapers, but adults are not. They use their legs to crawl and push themselves through the soil.
Mole crickets are good fliers and may fly in enormous numbers where they may be attracted to lights on buildings. Bahia grass tends to be their preferred type of grass.
If you’re having trouble maintaining a green and healthy lawn because of damage done by mole crickets, contact Massey Services today at 1-888-2MASSEY for a free landscape inspection. We also offer a comprehensive landscape healthcare program catered to the specific needs of your landscape.