The Southern Mole Cricket, also known as Scapteriscus borellii is a turf damaging insect that is primarily found in the southern United States – particularly in the coastal states. Lawn damage caused by the Southern Mole Cricket usually occurs from late July through September.
Identifying Southern Mole Cricket -
In its adult form, Southern Mole Cricket is reddish to dark brown in color. The pronotum sometimes has a general mottled color, although it can also feature a series of distinct, pale spots. This species of mole cricket also has a U-shaped area between the claws of its foreleg. This is the best feature for identifying Southern Mole Crickets, as it is not found on the Tawny Mole Cricket.
The Southern Mole Cricket is known to prefer to prey on other insects and other mole crickets. However, it still causes considerable damage to plants and turfgrass as well. Most of this damage is believed to be caused by the tunneling rather than feeding.
Southern Mole Cricket Control-
For control of the Southern Mole Cricket in your lawn, see Mole Cricket control.
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