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Mole crickets

Monday, April 15, 2013

I sometimes gather helpful and comforting pieces of information on my morning walk, especially if I go out a bit later than usual and run into neighbors. I find out, for instance, which houses have sold and which states their new owners hail from. I see new lawn statuary, like the Chinese dragon bearing a Japanese lantern on its head at Tommy's house. And I get to ask Ron and Jan about lawn pests--in their case, lingering fire ants. My latest worry was whatever is causing the mounded-up runnels of earth heading toward, but stopping at, our property line. I figured on moles or gophers, somehow halted by the pesticide our bug guys put down for fire ants. But Ron tells me there's some creature called the Mole Cricket, which he says grows to the gargantuan size of 2 to 4 cm.

This is NOT a cute little Jiminy Cricket. Have you ever SEEN a cricket? Even normal ones are a little scary, and this kind is downright prehistoric looking! I used to have to feed crickets to my son's pet anoles, and once a whole baggie of them from the pet store escaped in his room. The nighttime chirping in his bedroom was sweet, but catching the little buggers was not. I shudder to think of a bagful of mole crickets loosed in the house!

Any more information about mole crickets is welcome, but I'm guessing that they stopped at our property line because they are insects and don't like the -icide left there by the bug guys. I'm also guessing that they're harmless, might be helpful enough as to eat something bad (like mosquitoes, maybe?), and aerate the soil. And if not, I don't want to know about it!

UPDATE: Action must be taken, I think. They've crossed the property line, seemingly minutes after I wrote this, and appear to be marching toward the house! This could be my last blog! Aaauggh!!
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    Protect those girlie dogs!!!
    1831 days ago
    OMG-- how can Florida be such a cool vacation spot with these crickets and palmetto bugs?!?!

    In the words of the very wise Scooby Doo-- YIKES!

    1834 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    I lived in Florida five years back in the 70's and never heard of them...heard of and saw lots of other creatures. We never have crickets in our house anymore because our cats play with them and they die (the crickets!). I'm not sure what would happen between our cats and mole crickets! Hopefully the lizards will eat them before they get to your house.
    1834 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Being familiar with what a mole looks like, live and up close (ghastly creatures), I simply cannot imagine the marriage between something like that and a bug. The creature feature movie people need to look at real life for some scary examples. But don't worry, you have your trusty pack of doggies to protect you. Dogs are loyal companions that way, they will stand in the way of danger for you, and your breed is exactly just what you need for this -noted little ratters that will tunnel out and destroy any nasties that dare set foot on your property!
    Tally Ho!
    1834 days ago
    Stay strong and fight the good fight!
    1835 days ago
    Guess you need to connect with a lawn-bug man fast!
    Good luck minimizing the damage. That was one of the things I did not like about Florida living -all the new kinds of bugs I encountered.
    Good luck Sue.

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    1835 days ago
    Ugh! Don't know a thing, actually, never heard of them. I'm thinking bug control must be big business there! They sure are ugly creatures. I would want to know more about them if they were on my property; good and bad, we know ugly!!
    1835 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    We saw a beetle/oriental cockroach this morning at work.
    1835 days ago
    best wishes, my friend.
    1835 days ago
    Revolting looking things! Sorry no info here, have your Googled?
    1835 days ago
    Revolting looking things! Sorry no info here, have your Googled?
    1835 days ago
    WWW! Those are some nasty looking crickets.
    1835 days ago
  • GABY1948
    LOL, I LOVED this informational blog. My folks lived in FL for 15 years and I never recall hearing of these little "beauties". And your description of them is justified, indeed! I have no more information for you but if you get more please do another blog about it emoticon Do you ever get the coral snakes that my folks were always on the lookout for? I'm glad I never got a chance to see one!

    Have a GREAT day, Suz!
    1835 days ago
    I don't know anything about them. They are hideous though. They look like a lobster. Are those pincers on the front legs?? Ick! Thank goodness for your lawn care people!!! LOL!!!

    I'm all for bugs if they leave me alone but things like fire ants, hornets, yellow jackets, wasps, ticks, fleas are on my hit list. We are not friends.
    1835 days ago
    Yikes! Never heard of them but they don't look too friendly.

    1835 days ago
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