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Control mole crickets biologically

Mole crickets, also called werren, are brown crickets whose front legs serve as digging shovels. They live underground in self-dug earth tubes and belong to a family of grasshoppers (lat. Orthoptera). Adult mole crickets reach a size between 35 and 50 mm.

The white larvae look like ants. Mole crickets are crepuscular and nocturnal.

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Control mole crickets with nemastar®

Nematodes are natural enemies of mole crickets. The nematode species Steinernema carpocapsae ,found in our product nemastar®, specializes on adult mole crickets, among others. The nematodes enter their hosts through natural body orifices, kill them, and use them for their own feeding and reproduction.

Damage caused by mole crickets

The adult mole cricket causes damage by eating roots and digging. Finger-thick horizontal burrows are excavated shallowly below the soil surface. Typical damage patterns include rumpled seedbeds, pulled-in young plants, and gnawed roots and tubers. Vegetables, potatoes and lawns are the main crops attacked.