Mole cricket is omnivorous, feeding itself both with plants and worms, larvae or insects. It damages directly the roots of plants when they grow, and indirectly when digging its galleries, by removing the seeds from the ground.
The clear sign of a plant attacked by mole crickets it’s suddenly wilting or pulling it easily out of the ground, the last one being caused by stitching.
The harvest can be completely compromised, in a few days more precisely, on a land invaded by mole crickets.
These insects attack tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, onions, carrots, potatoes, radish, cabbage, cauliflower, beet, sunflower, etc. The mole cricket larvae are particularly greedy, causing the greatest damage.
At seedlings the roots are attacked, leading to their repeated replacement.
Often (as is the case of potatoes), their dug galleries lead to fungus infections, compromising the whole culture.
How to prevent:
Deep soil digging in winter and spring will destroy the larvae and insect.
How to get rid of mole cricket with eco-friendly solutions
In heavily infested soils, dig in autumn 50/50/50 cm pits, which are filled with manure. The pits will attract a large number of mole cricket.
In winter, open the pits and burn the manure or sprinkle it from place to place, exposing mole crickets to frost.
Manure traps must be opened at least by mid-February.
Spring traps to get rid of mole crickets P
Once detected, flood the egg nests with boiling water, in June-July. The eggs are placed at 10-15 cm in depth.
To get rid of mole crickets or reducing their number, moles and birds in the garden are the best pests to do this job.
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