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Mole Cricket Alert

September 19, 2014
by Rick Brandenburg

Mole cricket profile
Mole cricket
Grass damage caused by mole crickets
Mole cricket damage

There have been a lot of calls about the level of mole cricket control from a lot of different products this year. Product failures? I don't really think so, at least not in the cases I heard about. Good soil moisture and temperatures during egg laying, egg hatch, and nymph development has given us some really significant populations this summer. Add on top of that some really high rainfall amounts in the months that followed insecticide application which reduced the product effectiveness and you have MOLE CRICKET BREAKTHROUGHS.

From my perspective, not unexpected with the weather we have had this summer including some areas receiving almost 20 inches of rain in July and August. No product is perfect and can stand up under adverse weather conditions like it does under more normal weather (not to mention some treatments went out late). Nobody likes it, but it is what it is. A number of people have complained about the performance of many of the products labeled for mole cricket control. If it has happened to you, you are not alone..