Mole crickets are a major pest of turf in the southeast. The short-winged, tawny and southern mole crickets are most destructive. Adults are 1.25″ long and lay their eggs in the spring, producing nymphs which feed near the surface, especially after rainfall or irrigation. Control during the young nymph feeding stage is most successful. Using a soap flush (one ounce soap per two gallons of water to square yard of turf) in spring through late summer is an effective method of surveying populations for the best control techniques.
Tawny Mole Cricket – Male Head
Tawny Mole Cricket – All Stages
Short-Winged Mole Cricket Adult
Southern Mole Cricket Adult
Mole Cricket Damage
Mole Cricket Tunnels