Late June is Ideal Time to Treat Lawn for Mole Crickets
Adult mole crickets emerge from the soil and begin to feed and mate as temperatures warm. During these periods of mating, populations in an area can increase significantly in a very short period of time. Mole crickets damage turf by feeding on plant roots, stems and leaves and tunnel through the soil. Their feeding is not considered as damaging as their tunneling, however, significant feeding injury does occur in pastures. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has found that homeowners can test their lawns for mole cricket using dish soap but it is best to apply insecticides as late in the day as possible because mole crickets are most active at night.