Mole cricketCaused by: Gryllotalpa orientalis
Problem Category: Insect
Symptoms: The insect is very destructive because it feeds on seeds, tillers of mature plants and roots. It mainly cut the tillers at ground level and causes gap in rice field. Usually the symptoms appear in patches.
Comments: We can see burrows of insect at sides of rice field and usually burrows will have heap of soil at entrance.
Management: Use resistant varieties. Level the field properly and irrigate every 3-4 days after planting. Collect and kill the Insect during land preparation. Avoid nurseries with raised bed to reduce cricket infestation during seedling stage. Improve biocontrol agents in field. If damage is large use food bait (commonly rice bran) mixed with insecticide and place along borders.