These are also known as Black Field Crickets or simply field crickets. They are generally found on clay soil types over summer when cracks in the ground profile create an ideal environment for them to live. The crickets live in these cracks or holes in the ground and emerge to feed on the leaves of the grasses often severing leaves and taking them back to their burrow to eat. They take the closest plants first and as a result a bare patch around their home is very evident. The majority of the damage is visible over the summer months from January until April. They are visible during the day and move quickly when disturbed by foot traffic.
- Increase the watering regime to swell the soil and decrease the incidence of cracks on the soil surface. Apply bait. This is normally in the form of treated wheat or barley. Care should be taken as the bait is poisonous.