Infestations of mole crickets are increasing throughout south Alabama each year. Stay ahead of them with a preventative solution from Coastal Turf Builders.
Mole Cricket Eradication
The biggest mistake most people make is they try and kill the adult mole crickets they see once the damage is already begun and this is very difficult. They have already been attracted to your turf grass and laid eggs once you begin seeing them in your Gulf Shores, AL yard and around driveways and pools. You need a preventative approach from a professional company that targets the nymphs at the easiest and best stage to kill them.
Mistakes do-it-yourselfers make
Many do-it-yourselfers make 2 mistakes when dealing with mole crickets. 1.) They treat using old or outdated products that do not have the same efficacy any more on mole crickets as they once did years ago. 2.) They time the application wrong trying to kill the adults and missing proper applications in different seasons.
How to control these pests the right way and not destroy your turf. Lawn grubs, often called white grubs, are the immature form of different scarab beetles, such as Japanese beetles, June “bugs” (beetles) or the European chafers. These white, C-shaped creatures have soft bodies with legs near the head. They feed on grass roots (and organic matter in the soil), causing sections of grass in the lawn to die. Grubs eventually turn into adult beetles and emerge from soil to mate and lay eggs, which hatch into more grubs.
Immature grubs are most susceptible to pesticides while young. For most white grubs this means applying pesticides while newly hatched grubs are feeding – in mid- to late summer and early fall.
A curative product kills existing grubs on contact. A preventative pesticide kills grubs over a longer period of time – those that are present at the time of treatment, as well as those that hatch during the season of application. Because the preventative contains nitrogen fertilizer, it’s important to keep lawns irrigated after application to avoid burning grass in summer heat.