Crickets 101:  Getting to know your cricket – PROTEK

Crickets 101:  Getting to know your cricket – PROTEK

Know the difference between cricket and crickets:

Crickets don’t play by the rules and well, it’s just not cricket! Unlike the gentlemen’s game in which two teams of eleven take each other on, crickets take a garden on in their hoards!

There are a multitude of insects that hide and feed on your lawn and can cause great damage if they are not closely watched. Some of the biggest pests are crickets and mole crickets.

Distinguishing between mole crickets, common crickets and king crickets (Park Town Prawns) usually causes confusion among gardeners.

Mole crickets and the so-called Parktown Prawn (king cricket) belong to two different cricket families and they also differ from ordinary garden crickets. One can be described as a burden to the gardener, while the other is rather an asset.

King crickets or Parktown Prawns look a lot like long-legged grasshoppers and have a shiny brown, smooth appearance. However, they do not have wings, but large, long hind legs. King crickets are beneficial insects. Their diet consists of snails, rotting plant material and fruit that falls from trees.

Mole crickets are brown with a distinct armoured appearance. They have unusually large heads and strong, well-developed front legs adapted for digging. They will ruin the lawn and if not treated, will burrow deeper and deeper into the soil, making it more difficult to treat them effectively.  They live mainly underground where they feed on plant roots, but come out at night and also feed on above ground foliage. They munch lawns and where they occur in large numbers, they can cause considerable damage.  Their damage can be recognised by irregularly raised burrows and dying grass.  These should not be confused with harvester termite mounds (which are much larger) or earthworm mounds, which are also larger and have a rough texture.

Effective mole cricket control depends on the season and current life stage of the pest. The best time to control them is in the spring or early summer before any damage appears, when the eggs are hatching into small nymphs that are most sensitive to treatments. By the time damage is clearly visible, control is more difficult. 

Protek’s Imidor 350 SC is a seasonal, systemic insecticide that can be used on lawns to get rid of the mole crickets. It offers long lasting residual action for the control of sucking and biting insects such as mole crickets, aphids, psylla on citrus trees, red scale, whitefly, mealybugs, mole crickets and white grub. A single application at their maximum allowed rates can control the mole cricket nymphs for the entire egg-laying and egg-hatch period.

Common garden crickets come in a variety of sizes and colours. They eat seedlings and plant roots and dig holes in lawns, where they cause bare patches around the holes. Protek has a range of insecticides to eradicate common crickets. Scatterkill for Insects is a ready to use granular insecticide which controls a wide range of insects in your garden, including the common cricket.  It is easy and convenient to apply and the granules are activated when water is applied.  Inside your home, Nuvan Profi Fumigation Fogger is the answer to eradicate crickets. Nuvan® Profi is an uninterrupted release aerosol space fumigation fogger for the control of flying and crawling insects as well as stored product pests (eg grain and flour beetles as well as weevils and their larvae). The fumigation fogger is extremely effective and good value for money.  A 200 ml aerosol can will cover 360 m³ and the 330 ml covers 600 m³. For safe treatment, always follow the instructions carefully and check for additional usage information.

 

Back in your garden, you can eliminate a staggering range of insects in a single application of Imidor 350 SC – which is an impressive achievement in pest control terms and to date, Protek remains a leader of pest control in your garden and home.

Registered in accordance with Act 36 of 1947

Imidor 350 SC: L8019, imidacloprid (chloronicotynil) 350 g/l, HARMFUL, registration holder: Villa Crop Protection (Pty) Ltd, company registration number: 1992/002472/07, PO Box 10413, Aston Manor, 1630, telephone number: 011 396 2233

Nuvan Profi Fumigation Fogger: L1301, Dichlorvos (organosfaat) 124 g/kg, HARMFUL, registration holder:  Avima (Pty) Ltd, company registration number:  1961/001744/07, PO Box 3131, Kenmare, 1745, telephone number: 011 769 1300

Scatterkill for Insects: L4118, cypermethrin 3 g/kg, piperonyl butoxide 15 g/kg, CAUTION, registration holder:  Effecticide (Pty) Ltd, registration number:  08/06493/07, Unit 5, King Court, Mineral Crescent, Crown Industrial, Johannesburg, 2001, telephone number: (011) 839 1636

Distributed by Protek, a division of PE-BEE Agri (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 72, Heidelberg, 1438, Tel (011) 812-9800 or 0861 PROTEK (0861 77 68 35), www.proteksa.co.za.

Registered in accordance with Act 36 of 1947

Imidor 350 SC: L8019, imidacloprid (chloronicotynil) 350 g/l, HARMFUL, registration holder: Villa Crop Protection (Pty) Ltd, company registration number: 1992/002472/07, PO Box 10413, Aston Manor, 1630, telephone number: 011 396 2233

Nuvan Profi Fumigation Fogger: L1301, Dichlorvos (organosfaat) 124 g/kg, HARMFUL, registration holder:  Avima (Pty) Ltd, company registration number:  1961/001744/07, PO Box 3131, Kenmare, 1745, telephone number: 011 769 1300

Scatterkill for Insects: L4118, cypermethrin 3 g/kg, piperonyl butoxide 15 g/kg, CAUTION, registration holder:  Effecticide (Pty) Ltd, registration number:  08/06493/07, Unit 5, King Court, Mineral Crescent, Crown Industrial, Johannesburg, 2001, telephone number: (011) 839 1636

Distributed by Protek, a division of PE-BEE Agri (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 72, Heidelberg, 1438, Tel (011) 812-9800 or 0861 PROTEK (0861 77 68 35), www.proteksa.co.za.

 

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