Mole crickets feed on grass roots, but their major damage comes from their movements through the soil. They tunnel near the soil surface with strong forelegs, loosening the soil and uprooting plants which dry out quickly.
Molecricket insects eat at night and may tunnel as much as 10 to 20 feet per night. During the day, they return to their burrows making them difficult to spot. They prefer St. Augustine and zoysia grass for their main diet.
Mole crickets are difficult to control because of their deep burrowing habits. A continuing program of treatments is required to keep these bugs under control.