Mole crickets are common Florida lawn pests that can cause devastating damage to your turf. They get their name from their armored, claw-like front legs that they use to dig through the soil. They look and behave like moles, hence their name. They are known to dig underground tunnels, disrupting grass growth and leaving ugly brown patches and tunnels on your lawn.
Mole crickets are considered harmless to humans. They can bite if they’re handled or feel threatened but this is rare.
You can try to keep mole crickets at bay by keeping them out of your yard in the first place. Keep an eye out for them in your garden. Fill any cracks or holes in your yard’s soil with kerosene-soaked sand. Before planting, soak new seeds in iodine for 10 minutes. Turf grasses that attract them (Bermudagrass, Bahiagrass, and so on) should be avoided in favor of less susceptible turf grasses (Zoysiagrass and centipedegrass). In your yard or garden, use natural repellent plants and essential oils such as marigold, lemongrass citronella, and peppermint. Encourage natural predators such as birds, frogs, lizards, and snakes to visit your yard.
If you continue to have a problem with mole crickets or any other lawn pests, contact your local Florida pest control company for an evaluation.