What is this pest
The mole cricket is a large insect with a length of 40-50 mm, dark brown color with a hard shell and tough leathery cropped wings. His head is also covered with armour, equipped with powerful jaws and tentacles. The front legs of mole crickets resemble the claws of cancer. It is these legs of the mole cricket bursts from many hundreds of meters of soil, as his place of permanent habitation – the upper layers of the soil where the insect digs tunnels.
Most harmful of vegetable planting bring larvae mole crickets, because during their growth they are extremely voracious. Female lays eggs in may-early June in a special socket under the ground. Two weeks later, the larvae are already very active, emerge from the nest and begin digging their own tunnels in search of food. Laying eggs is stretched in time, so young individuals appear throughout the season, until autumn.
With the onset of cold weather, mole crickets hiding in the winter burrows to a depth of 1.5 meters. In other cases, the pest prefers warm compost heap. These gardeners use compost creating traps and scattering them upon the occurrence of severe frosts. In this case, the pest dies because it no longer has the opportunity to find shelter.
How to deal with grubs mole crickets
To deal with the hungry larvae mole crickets is difficult because they come in large numbers and can destroy a crop in a matter of days. To avoid this, you need to deal with pests regularly and systematically, conducting preventive measures.
Distribution of mole crickets can be avoided if carefully treated garden plot, preventive measures include deep digging of the soil, systematically loosening between rows to a depth of not less than 10 cm and regular removal of weeds.
These pests love to hide in moist and warm shelters. These include manure and compost heaps, piles of debris and grass. You need to remove from the site all debris, so as not to give the pest possible to dwell nearby crops.
If you have the opportunity, in early June can be scattered on the garden beds special traps – wet humus with fresh manure. For convenience, the manure can be spread on pieces of cardboard or plywood. Every day we need to bypass the trap, lift the leaves and collect hiding larvae.
It is believed that the smell of some plants do not like the mole cricket and it avoids areas where they are planted. Such plants include marigolds.
In addition to the popular industrial methods there are drugs to combat the mole cricket, such as Meditox". You need to use it strictly according to instructions to avoid unwanted consequences.
It is best to use all these ways of dealing with mole cricket comprehensively, only in this case it is hoped that the pest will leave the plot and leave the planting alone.
Advice 2: How to destroy the mole cricket
The mole cricket is a large insect of the family Orthoptera. This is one of the most annoying and voracious pests of the gardens. While staying in the upper layers of the soil, the mole cricket can destroy the seedlings of vegetable crops and podgruzhat the roots of the plants in the garden. How to protect their crops from malicious pests that?
You will need
- - bait (manure, honey, beer);
- - ready means (meditox, thunder);
With the early spring we will start destruction of the pest. As soon as will melt snow lay on the ground a small handful of manure. They will get the females to lay their eggs. After three weeks, well explore the dung lure and destroy the egg-laying of mole crickets.
In the moves done by the pest, pour soapy solutions that expel medvedok. For solution preparation take 2 tbsp of washing powder or soap in a bucket of water and a good shed moves. All coming to the surface pests destroy.
Fabricate traps. Like mole cricket, you can catch the glass jars. Banks lubricate the inside with honey or pour into the bottom of a little beer to attract the pest. Banks bury the bottle outside in the places where most of the mole crickets. In the morning inspect the traps. After 3-4 days, bait update.
When planting seedlings, use repellent agents. In the hole to the roots of plants pour the crushed stems chrysanthemums, marigolds. The crickets don't like the smell of plants, and they will ignore your landing.
Get ready drugs to combat the pest. If you use as baits grain or cereals, don't forget to sprinkle them with earth, to prevent the deaths of feathered friends of the garden. The finished granules (thunder, meditox) play in the moves of the pest in damp places or spill moves medvedok water.
With the onset of autumn catch pests, preparing for hibernation. Dig a pit depth of about 50 cm To the bottom of the pits put the manure. As soon as cold and will get their first snowfall, remove the manure and scatter on the site. So everything is gathered to spend the winter, the mole crickets will freeze.
Avoid excessive soil moisture on the plot, because mole crickets love damp.
Grind egg shells and crumble it in those places where were seen the pest.