How to Manage Pests
UC Pest Management Guidelines
Scientific Name: many species in the Gryllid family
In this Guideline:
Adult crickets are black or brown, and are 0.6 to 1 inch in length.
Eggs are laid in the ground, mostly in damp places. Crickets are present in all
stages all year round.
Crickets generally do not cause economic losses in cucurbits.
Crickets can cause some damage initially by eating flower parts and causing
poor or incomplete pollination. Also, as fruit reaches the full slip stage,
this pest can enter the stem end and feed internally on the fruit. Excrement of
crickets can spot melons, resulting in exterior dark stains that may affect
Crickets are usually more of a problem in areas of the field near
weedy areas during stand establishment. Clear weeds early in spring before
crickets mature and begin to migrate. Treat if damaging numbers of insects are
observed during field inspection.
|The following materials are listed in order of usefulness in an IPM program, taking into account efficacy, pesticide registrations, information related to natural
enemies and honey bees, and
environmental impact. Not all registered pesticides are listed. Always read the label of the product being used.
||MODE OF ACTION GROUP NUMBER1: 1A
||COMMENTS: Apple pumice baits work better for crickets and
grasshoppers than bran baits. Baits lose their attractiveness as they dry
out. Apply in early evening to avoid drying out too soon from sun exposure.
Use suitable ground or aircraft equipment that provides good distribution. A repeat application is usually necessary for effective control.
UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Cucurbits
UC ANR Publication 3445
Insects and Mites
E. T. Natwick, UC Cooperative Extension, Imperial County
J. J. Stapleton, UC IPM Program, Kearney Agricultultural Center, Parlier
C. S. Stoddard, UC Cooperative Extension, Merced & Madera counties
Acknowledgment for contributions to Insects and Mites:
R. L. Coviello, UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno County
L. D. Godfrey, Entomology, UC Davis
C. B. Fouche, UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County
C. G. Summers, Entomology, UC Davis/Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier
J. B. LeBoeuf, AgriData Sensing, Inc., Fresno
M. Murray, UC Cooperative Extension, Colusa/Glenn counties
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