Pest Identification: Mole Crickets in Tennessee

Luckily for Tennessee homeowners, mole crickets are rarely found indoors. They are more interested in destroying your lawn during the spring and summer months, even into early fall. Mole crickets use their powerful front legs to burrow into the soil for warmth, leaving uprooted and dead grass in their wake. If left to their own devices, these crickets can make short work of killing your lawn.

How to Identify Mole Crickets

Adult mole crickets are generally 1.25 to 1.5 inches long with large front legs that resemble claws or hands similar to that of a mole (hence the name), which they use to tunnel in the soil. They also have a pronotum, attached to the head that gives them a lobster-like appearance. Some mole crickets may also have wings. If mole crickets find their way inside, they can’t do any damage to your home, but they are creepy invaders. To keep them out, seal any cracks in your foundation they these pests can use to access your home.

Identifying Mole Crickets in Your Lawn

Mole crickets may not be a threat to your home, but they do pose a threat to your lawn. Mole crickets use their claw-like front legs to push dirt and soil out of the way to tunnel underground, which can uproot your grass and kill your lawn. If you believe your lawn has been invaded by mole crickets, look for brown patches of grass scattered throughout your yard. Another surefire way is to check the soil for evidence of tunneling. The tunnels will be track-like, similar to mole tunnels, but much smaller. 

If you’re still having trouble identifying mole crickets, mix a dish soap and water solution to flush them out. Mix two tablespoons of water to one gallon of water and pour over the area you believe has been affected by mole crickets. Be sure to try flushing them out either early in the morning or evening, as mole crickets are most active during those times. 

Stop Mole Cricket Damage with U.S. Pest Protection

Once mole crickets have invaded your lawn, they can do a lot of damage very quickly if left untreated. They can also be hard to get rid of as they stay in burrows during the day and are most active at night. Treatment at the first sign of lawn damage is the best way to get rid of these pests for good. If you’re ready to rid your lawn of these dirt-loving pests, schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable technicians today! 

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