Have you recently spotted an insect that looks like a hybrid of a crayfish and a cockroach? If you have, then you’re looking at the monster that’s going to destroy your lawn. In case you’re not aware, eliminating mosquitos, aphids, and the Colorado beetles is a cinch compared to getting rid of mole crickets.
You’ll need to enlist the help of a qualified and experienced pest control expert to get these pesky creatures out of your property.
Mole crickets are a destructive subspecies of crickets that can swim, fly, and dig. They breed extremely fast, laying 100 to 400 eggs. About 10 to 17 days, these eggs hatch into nymph larvae that live in the nest before their first molt. Since mole crickets live underground, they gnaw the roots of your plants and seedlings.
Although they love cabbage, onions, and stems of garden plants more than your turf grass, they won’t hesitate to bite your grass’s roots once they get a hold of them.
These pesky insects like to eat tree roots and plants. As they search for food, they deprive the soil of moisture by making tunnels through it. As a result, the soil becomes lifeless and dry. In other words, mole crickets can easily turn your emerald green lawn into a bare desert. Lawns that have been affected by a mole cricket infestation tend to become devoid of grass and are dotted with withered trees – ugly as ever.
It’s important to note that it’s extremely challenging for any inexperienced homeowner to eliminate a mole cricket infestation. These hardy pests will always manage to survive because Mother Nature helps them thrive. If you find yourself dealing with mole crickets, you’ll need to call the lawn care experts at O’Hara Pest Control to schedule an inspection.