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mole crickets

Zone puerto rico | diplolaplace added on November 22, 2013 | Answered

I definitely have mole crickets. I did the soap/water method and verified their existence. I would like to know  what do I do in the meantime until June/July comes around and treat the nymph cycle as you suggested. I have Sousa Manila grass, and I live in Puerto Rico.

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Heather
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Answered on November 24, 2013

I would recommend de-thatching your lawn. That will help. After the lawn is de-thatched, try treating it with diluted neem oil. that may kill off the crickets in the soil already.

If you have not read it, this article may help as well:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/mole-cricket-control.htm

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diplolaplace
Answered on February 5, 2014

isorry, i hit the submit button without finishing what i was writing.
since my yard is kind of large i am thinking i'll be collecting hundreds of them.
once i pass this method of going by sections... my question is: is one pass enough and then proceed to appying insecticide? and keep doing this on a regular basis till june/july comes along?

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diplolaplace
Answered on February 5, 2014

i am using a five gallon bucket with lemon scented dishwashing liquid.
since my lawn has a "mole cricket" problem i started applying it everywhere i see their small holes. I am doing this every late afternoon when the sun settles down. i go by sections. i am getting anywhere from 70 to over a hundred of mole crickets. big, medium and small ones. i collect them live and dump them into this glass pickle jar

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