Don’t let mole crickets undermine all the hard work you’ve put into your lawn or garden. These nasty, tunneling insects are a common scourge of yards in the southeastern United States and, when left unchecked, they can cause significant damage to your grass and other vegetation.
South America introduced three species of mole crickets into Florida at the beginning of the 20th century. They include the short-winged mole cricket, the southern mole cricket, and the tawny mole cricket. Serving Florida from coast to coast, the friendly professionals at Apex Pest Control can help you identify all three species of mole cricket and eliminate them safely.
Identifying a Mole Cricket Infestation
Mole crickets get their name because of their habit of tunneling beneath the earth. This tunneling is also the source of much of the damage they cause to plants, particularly grasses, as the mole crickets gnaw at the roots and loosen their hold in the earth. Mole crickets also feed on plants above ground, causing damage to leaves and stems.
Signs that your lawn has a mole cricket infestation include the appearance of patches of brown grass interspersed among healthy green grass, blades of grass that have been severed from their roots, and the loose dirt and small openings that indicate tunneling activities. Pouring a concoction of liquid dish detergent mixed with water over the affected patch of lawn can chase some of the crickets out of their burrows, allowing you visual confirmation of the source of your lawn problems.
Don’t Let Mole Crickets Get to Your Lawn
If you think that you might have mole crickets in your lawn or garden, you should seek professional help immediately. Apex Pest Control will send out our highly trained technicians to perform a free, same-day inspection on your lawn. Having ascertained the presence of mole crickets, our team members will then find the proper means for clearing these pests from your property.
Mole crickets are controlled using pesticides and baits. The pest control experts at Apex Pest Control will determine what combination of methods will safely eradicate your mole cricket infestation. During the first visit, your technician will treat your lawn using a combination of granular and liquid application.
The following visits will be scheduled monthly, every-other-month, or quarterly. These visits focus on pest prevention to ensure the mole crickets do not return. Taking time off work is inconvenient, so we do not require you to attend these preventative visits. At Apex, customer satisfaction is our top priority. Schedule service now with Apex Pest Control and keep your property a mole cricket-free zone. We offer pest control, termite control and lawn care in the following service areas: Brevard, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami-Dade/Broward County, and Palm Beach County.