. Florists' review [microform]. Floriculture. Funeral Spray of Rosette drnations Shown at a Recent Exhibition at the University o( Illinois* growing here would be doomed. The mole crickets even destroy our lawns and are about to ruin our roses. M. F. C. The mole "cricket, which is at times quite severe in your part of Florida, is the same species which occurs in Porto Rico. It is probable that some kindly- intentioned introducer of plants unwit- tingly brought this pest over from Por- to, Rico. In recent years it has occurred in a number of other places in the state. Sometimes it becomes

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. Florists' review [microform]. Floriculture. Funeral Spray of Rosette drnations Shown at a Recent Exhibition at the University o( Illinois* growing here would be doomed. The mole crickets even destroy our lawns and are about to ruin our roses. M. F. C. The mole "cricket, which is at times quite severe in your part of Florida, is the same species which occurs in Porto Rico. It is probable that some kindly- intentioned introducer of plants unwit- tingly brought this pest over from Por- to, Rico. In recent years it has occurred in a number of other places in the state. Sometimes it becomes quite severe and in other years is less destructive. Some of the places in which it occurs are so badly infested that it becomes imprac- ticable to grow tomato plants or truck of that kind without making special preparation to circumvent the pest. The use of poison, such as poisoned bait, gives some relief, but is not suffi- ciently effective to warrant general recommendation. For seed beds a more or less effective method is to make a tight board frame around the seed bed, using 12-inch or 14-inch boards and being sure there are no cracks through which the pest can crawl. During the early fall the young mole crickets are wingless and conse- quently have to depend on crawling through the burrows for their means of moving about. After a frame of this kind has been made and sunk deep enough into the soil to prevent their burrowing under, you are fairly pro- tected from the new ones coming in from the outside. The area inside the frame can then be sterilized by gaso- line, carbon bisulphide or formaldehyde. Such a frame, of course, will not keep out the mature insects, which are winged and can fly a considerable dis- tance. These, however, are not so de- structive, except that they reinfest the piece of land after it has been cleared of them. For a rather full discussion of this in- sect, write to the director of the Porto Rico Experiment Station, at Mayaguez, Porto Rico, for a bul

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