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This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Asbury Lake, Florida Orlando, Florida Covington, Georgia Ridgeville, Indiana Independence, Louisiana Millersville, Maryland Croton-on-hudson, New York (2 reports) Lexington, South Carolina Floyd, Virginia Short Pump, Virginia
Mole crickets, besides being ugly entice armadillas to dig up yards. It seems they are their favorite meal. Contol of mole crickets is expensive and not sure fire. We are constantly filling holes back in but it seems a lost cause.
On Nov 24, 2007, Pillowse from Glen Allen, VA wrote:
Itís absolutely amazing! I have seen some ugly little buggars before but this one takes the cake! My uncle found it in his garage when he moved his car out. It looks very similar to the ones posted here, it was very squishy... but that could have been because it just molted, etc etc.
I think it is a great find and there should definitely be more info on it! I was searching for about 45 minutes under species and genus... but I got fed up and Googled 'Mole Bug' and it was the second one!
On May 16, 2008, mygardens from Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
We have had a terrible problem with voles in our vegetable garden for several years. The history of our efforts to solve the problem are described at http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/740278/ . Just to be sure, we put out more vole traps again.
With high hopes this year, we planted our peas and broccoli only to find many small holes in the garden, our broccoli fallen over, and the peas either eaten as they sprouted or only very little growth on the ones that have sprouted.
No voles have been caught, but we did find one insect in one of the traps and have identified it as a Northern Mole Cricket. As you can see, they have sharp claws and cause the same damage as the voles. Does anyone know of an organic solution to ridding our garden of this bug???
On May 29, 2008, amandadg from Croton On Hudson, NY wrote:
Upon walking in Croton's back roads I saw this huge bug crossing the road and was forced to stop in my tracks having never seen it before. I quickly grabed a stick and motioned it infront of the bug as if I were shaking its hand. I actually felt this bug grab my stick with its mole like feet. It was then I new this bug deserves respect! So I helped it across the raod. My only regret was having none to share the moment with me. As a final note, I'll share with you that the Northern Mole Cricket that I spoted was at least 3" which is a half inch bigger than what I've researched so far.