Cricket Bait is an insecticide treated grain product for the control of black field crickets in pasture.

Black field crickets pose a insect pest threat to newly sown and established grass pastures over the late summer and autumn period. Cricket Bait is highly palatable and has a rapid knockdown effect on the target pest.


A field population of 20 crickets/m2 could cause a pasture loss of 1600 kg DM/ha in 98 days. The actual loss in anyone season could, however, be as low as 860 kg DM/ha or as high as 2450 kg DM/ha depending on availability of feed (Blank, 1985).

Severely defoliated ryegrass plants will be slow and many plant can die. Cricket-damaged pasture that do recover after substantial autumn rain and senescence of the crickets in April-Ma may need oversowing so the paddocks are ready to graze again.


Black Field Crickets attack pasture, emerging cereal crops and many field crops causing significant damage. Field crickets live in burrows and cracks in damp spots and after rain they move to surface a feed at night. During the day they can found beneath loose soil and stones.

  • Lifecycle on pastures consists of two or three generations between spring and summer
  • Egg laying is stimulated by rainfall and warm conditions during spring, summer and autumn
  • Females swarm during warm, humid evenings 1-2 days after rain and may fly up to 10 km to find egg laying sites.
  • Adults and nymphs feed on leaves, stems and pods usually after dark on soils with surface cracking or stony ground.
  • Adults are black or brown and are up to 30mm long. Nymphs have similar characteristics and smaller nymphs have a white band across their body.
  • Population numbers are dependent on weather conditions: dry winters can desiccate overwintering eggs and nymphs, while cold wet weather during autumn, winter and spring can also cause high mortality.


Application rates range from 10-20kg/ha depending on population density. Bait is generally spread at 15kg/ha in February and repeat applications, at the same rate, are made in March & sometimes April.


Field cricket populations of greater than 8-10 per square metre and considered an economical threat to treat.

Early Detection Important – Generations!

Early detection is important as cricket bait should be applied when adult black field crickets first appear in summer. Cricket bait should be applied late in the afternoon before the crickets feed in the evening. Early applications will help to reduce egg population and the impact of the second or third generations.

A second application may be required during the season if high field cricket populations continue to damage pastures and crops.

Withholding Period

7 day stock withhold for treated pasture.


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