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Triple Crown + Dispatch: A Mole Cricket Control Success Story

Travis Frey (left), sales rep. at Agri-AFC and John Ramsey (right), superintendent at Gulf Shores GC

Travis Frey (left), sales rep. at Agri-AFC and John Ramsey (right), superintendent at Gulf Shores GC

This blog was reposted with permission from Aquatrols.

Mole crickets are a familiar foe for superintendents in the southeastern United States. While these pests like to feed on roots and leaves, the biggest threat to turfgrass stems from their extensive underground tunneling. Adult mole crickets create underground tunnels – sometimes up to three feet in length – that can sever roots and cause turf to protrude upwards. Damage at the surface often appears in the form of raised brown or bare patches.

Superintendent John Ramsey is no stranger to mole crickets. He’s spent 13 years on the maintenance crew at Gulf Shores Golf Club in coastal Alabama and is now in his fourth season as the club’s superintendent. Ramsey knows the kind of havoc these pests can wreak if left unchecked.

He and his crew made the decision to forgo pre-treatment for mole crickets early in the 2014 season. Ramsey instead chose to monitor mole cricket activity on his course and deal with the pests after their “fly-in” and mating period ended in early summer.

Battling mole crickets after the mating season means timing an insecticide application perfectly. Adult mole crickets lay their eggs underground in late spring before eventually dying off. Young mole crickets in the nymph stage pose little threat to turfgrass. However, as they begin to mature, their tunneling behavior (and threat to turfgrass) increases exponentially.

If an insecticide is applied too early, superintendents run the risk of missing out on eggs that have yet to hatch. Wait too long, however, and it becomes more difficult to eradicate mature mole crickets. Ramsey monitored the maturation process of the mole crickets on his golf course by periodically drawing them to the surface with a mixture of water and lemon-scented dish washing liquid.

When the mole crickets appeared mature enough, Ramsey applied Triple Crown® Golf Insecticide* at the recommendation of Agri-AFC representative Travis Frey. Triple Crown is an insecticide produced by FMC Professional Solutions that can be used to control over 30 pests, including ants, grubs, weevils, and mole crickets.

Like many superintendents, Ramsey prefers to pair all of his herbicide and insecticide applications with a quality soil surfactant. His surfactant of choice? Dispatch Sprayable. Dispatch helps to boost the performance of other chemical inputs by providing uniform distribution of water and water-applied products throughout the soil profile.

“I had used Dispatch before for control of localized dry spot,” he said. “I knew it was a good product. I knew it would help get [Triple Crown] past the thatch layer, where it needed to go.”

Ramsey applied Triple Crown at a high rate of 35 oz/acre and Dispatch at the low rate of 8 oz/acre during the first week of July.

The Results

Gulf Shores Golf Club in coastal Alabama.

Gulf Shores Golf Club in coastal Alabama

“The results were unbelievable. Usually you don’t see deaths until a day or so after treatment. Within an hour of applying Triple Crown and Dispatch, I was seeing dead mole crickets on the golf course,” Ramsey said.

A week after the application, a tour of Gulf Shores showed no damage caused by the mole crickets, despite the hot and humid weather pattern. Ramsey credits his success story to his years of experience, a well-timed application, and quality products from FMC and Aquatrols.

* Triple Crown Golf insecticide is a Restricted Use Product.

This article original appeared on Aquatrol’s blog on July 21, 2014.

Aquatrols is the world leader in the development of soil surfactants, wetting agents, and other technologies that optimize soil-water-plant interactions.

Have You Heard? FMC Professional Solutions to Market DISARM® Fungicide and XONERATE® Herbicide

FMC Professional Solutions

It’s true! Yesterday we announced that FMC Professional Solutions has signed an exclusive licensing agreement to develop and market two key turf and ornamental product lines, DISARM® Fungicides (fluoxastrobin) and XONERATE® Herbicide (amicarbazone) in the U.S. and Canada. This agreement means FMC Professional Solutions now offers insecticides, herbicides and fungicides — providing a full portfolio of turf solutions.


We spoke with members of the FMC turf team for their reactions:

Bobby Walls

“This agreement brings some exciting technology to FMC. These active ingredients are great solutions for turf managers, and this relationship opens new development opportunities.”

- Bobby Walls, PhD., Product Development Manager


Maureen Thompson

“The agreement between FMC and Arysta allows us to go to customers with a full portfolio of insecticide, herbicide and fungicide products. It demonstrates FMC’s commitment to growing our turf and ornamental business long-term.”

- Maureen Thompson, FMC, Business Manager, T&O segment


Mike Kellum

“This is a big opportunity for FMC. Not only do we have amazing herbicides and insecticides, we now have the best strobilurin fungicide on the market. More specifically, I’m excited to provide my customers with a great solution for dollar spot on bermuda grass, which is a unique problem that DISARM can address.”

- Mike Kellum, FMC Market Specialist, Southeast region


Jay Young

“Having a broad spectrum fungicide to offer our customers is huge. My territory is otherwise known as the ‘disease belt’ so the DISARM line of products is truly fulfilling a need for disease control—particularly in the upper Midwestern states, where snow mold is a severe problem.”

- Jay Young, FMC Market Specialist, Mid-West region

This agreement will not affect your ability to buy or use these products, which will be available from many, if not more, of the same distributors.

For more information on these and other FMC products, visit www.fmcprosolutions.com or call 800-321-1FMC. And, remember, always read and follow label directions.

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