Damage in Lawns
Mole crickets are the number one pest of turf in
southern Alabama and Georgia, throughout Florida, and are spreading quickly along the Gulf
Coastal region and Eastern Seaboard. (Picture of 4 main molecrickets that are pests to lawns in the Southeastern United
States.) Their damage appears as brown spongy areas within normal green grass.
Upon inspection you will notice the grass has been eaten just below the surface,
separating the plant from its roots. Mole crickets are especially fond of Bermuda and
centipede grass, but have also been found in St. Augustine lawns in the Florida Panhandle
and along the Alabama coast.
Mole Cricket Adults and Nymphs
Adult mole crickets are plump, winged and 1 to
1.25 inches long. They are seldom seen, because, like moles, they stay underground most of
They fly and mate twice a year, spring and
fall. At this time you will find their exit holes of an inch or more. Mole cricket nymphs
are wingless but look like small adults. The nymphs can become very numerous and cause
great damage to your grass during the warm summer months.
Control methods aimed at
eliminating mole cricket nymphs yield the best results, simply because they easier to kill
When to apply
pesticides for killing molecrickets
Mole crickets have become resistant to Diazinon, Dursban, Sevin (Carbaryl), and
Malathion. Two products that still work well are Permethrin SFR and Talstar.
Proper timing of pesticide
application is a must.
Without proper timing, most pesticide
applications will fail.
Treating With Talstar For Mole Crickets
Talstar is a synthetic pyrethroid
that is available in both granular and liquid concentrate forms. When label instructions
are followed, it is very safe towards non-target animals such as birds, reptiles and
mammals. Talstar lasts much longer than other insecticides. We have had many reported cases of
Talstar controlling mole crickets for up to two months, ants and fire ants for three
1 or 2 applications are needed each year. No special site preparation is needed when
treating for mole crickets with Talstar. This odorless product is very effective in controlling ants,
fleas, chinch bugs and other turf and ornamental pests.
Using Talstar Granules For Mole Cricket and
Chinch Bug Control
A 25lb. bag
Talstar PL treat up to 12,000 square feet. Talstar granules are best applied
through a Granule Spreader or hand
seeder. The granules are tiny enough to fall between blades of turf grass
(out of sight from birds and pets), penetrating to the ground or thatch area where it
belongs. Because of the sand pebble sized granules, regular drop spreaders and rotary
spreaders that are pushed or pulled do not give the precise coverage necessary.
Talstar EZ (with
larger particle size) is also available. Each 25 Lb. bag will cover
the same area as Talstar PL.
Using Talstar Liquid Concentrate For Mole Cricket
Control and Chinch Bug Control
A pint of Talstar liquid concentrate treat 16,000 to 20,000 square feet, when spraying for mole crickets and chinch bugs This liquid concentrate is available
in pint, quart and gallon containers. BEST BUY: Bifen
TI 3/4 Gal. container.
Bifen IT contains same active ingredient as Talstar, at same
IT 3/4 gallon container costs far less than other brands or sizes of
No special preparation of the lawn is necessary. Simply apply Talstar
or Bifen IT concentrate at the rate of 1 ounce per thousand square feet of turf, using your
sprayer. The label rate for killing ants with Bifenthrin liquid is only 1/2 ounce per
thousand square feet. We have seen this product control ants for three months, at the rate
of only 1/4 ounce per thousand square feet!
Order Talstar liquid concentrate for treating for mole crickets.
Control Products of Pensacola
6920 Pine Forest Road
Pensacola, Florida 32526
between 8:30 & 4:30 weekdays, Central Time
In the United States: 1-800-434-4555
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