Golf course superintendents now have another tool to monitor pests; Syngenta has developed an interactive mole cricket map.
This map is unique because it allows superintendents to place markers on a map in real time and to follow updates in real time from other golf course superintendents.
“The biggest obstacle to controlling mole crickets is timing and predicting where and when they are active,” Lane Tredway, Southeast technical manager for turf and landscape at Syngenta, said. “This interactive map is another tool to help golf course superintendents track local mole cricket activity, which is crucial to applying the right product at the right time. This tool doesn’t replace soap flushes, but rather gives a platform for superintendents to share what they are seeing to help other superintendents with their timing.”
The map can also track life stages of mole crickets at the time of a sighting. Questions and comments can also be entered for peers to interact. Syngenta will help the superintendents through a mole cricket assurance program so they receive the proper treatment.
The mole cricket social pest map can be found at socialpestmaps.com/molecrickets.