Location: Southeastern United States and throughout Canada
Name: Mole crickets get their name from their habits
Size: 3-5 centimeters long
Appearance: Wings and large front legs to dig in soil
Mole Cricket Social Behavior
Mole crickets lay their eggs in the tunnels they make underneath the soil. They are nocturnal and are omnivores meaning that they eat worms and larvae as well as grass. In cold weather, mole crickets hibernate and they are generally at their most destructive from August through October.
Most though not all species are able to fly for short distances. Mole crickets damage grass by burrowing tunnels in the soil and eating the grass. This results in brown patches in the grass. They also attract predators like raccoons that damage the grass as well.
Several kinds of crickets are found in Arizona. Although they pose no immediate health risks (they do not bite or carry disease) they have been known to eat through everything from wallpaper glue to wool to silk.