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How to Get Rid of Mole Crickets

By Home & Garden Editor

How to Get Rid of Mole Crickets. Mole crickets live underground and can cause damage to your lawn and plants. You'll rarely see mole crickets so you'll need to rely on other means of identifying this yard and garden pest. One symptom of mole crickets is brown spongy areas on your lawn within normal, green spots.

Diagnose the problem as mole crickets. Before treating your lawn for pests, determine which pests are the problem. This can help you come up with a more effective control plan. If you're not sure, ask a lawn professional about the symptoms you have for ideas.

Match the control of mole crickets to your yard's condition and the life cycle of the crickets. You'll have better luck if you understand which control methods will work best for which stages of the cricket's life cycle. You'll find different strategies work better during certain times of year.

Use biocontrol methods by introducing the mole crickets' predators to your yard. The Larra wasp is one predator that feeds on mole crickets. Each generation of wasps (three per year) can kill up to 25 percent of the mole crickets in your yard. These wasps typically do not sting humans and they do not defend a nest.

Treat the lawn with a pesticide. You'll find a number of different pesticide treatments for mole crickets available. Apply the product as late in the day as you can since mole crickets are active at night. Follow the direction on the pesticide for the best results.

Hire a professional if you need extra help or don't want to handle the control yourself. Lawn and pest professionals will have experience getting rid of mole crickets, including knowing when the best time of year to treat is.