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 in southern Victoria including Gippsland and the Western District over the summer and autumn period. Cricket Bait is highly palatable and has a rapid knockdown effect on the target pest.

In dry periods damage will often kill plants which leaves the soil open to weed invasion, and re-sowing.

Black Field Cricket

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. They are laid singly, but loosely clustered about 1 cm in damp soil.
  • Females swarm during warm, humid evenings 1-2 days after rain and may fly up to 10 km to find egg laying sites. One female can lay 500 to 1500 eggs over 2 to 3 months.
  • 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 distinctive 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.

Threshold

Field cricket populations of greater than 5-10 per square metre and considered an economical threat to treat. Early detection is important as cricket bait should be applied when adult black field crickets first appear in summer.

Cricket Bait Application

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 between spring and summer. Crickets will cannibalise dead crickets which may increase the uptake of insecticide from the dead insect.

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.

Advice and delivery

We can deliver cricket bait to farmers throughout Gippsland, Western District and Northern Victoria.

For more information contact Notman Pasture Seeds on (03) 5659 2314