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Old 07-25-2003, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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crawfish/crawdads in lawn

I read the lawn and bug threads, but this is sort of a diferent problem. There's a part of our back yard that drains poorly, and is infested with these critters. I originally wanted to do the right thing, spreading cedar chips and sand, but that did not work. I even sat out there with bacon on a string one night. I resorted to trying mothballs in the holes, but they were pushed out. Someone from A&M (an entemology prof.) said there is nothing on the market approved for crawfish, but off the record I could try Sevin, an insecticide. It worked for a while, but they are back. They burrow under the grass, and make the ground lumpy, almost hilly, and the little chimneys pop up after every rain.

I know it sounds like a bad comedy movie, and that there's little hope of someone having dealt with this before, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Any advice would be deeply appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2003, 11:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you thought about removing the water? That will definitely clear up your mudbug problem. French drains work wonders.
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Old 07-25-2003, 02:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I say make a cajun restaurant. Mmmmm Gumbo.
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Old 07-25-2003, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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catch em and have a crawfish boil

yum yum..

or sell em to neighberhood kids as pets...

the only reliable way to get rid of them is to get rid of the water...
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Old 07-25-2003, 06:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just eat the damn things. They're like little lobsters. Yum.
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Old 07-25-2003, 07:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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mmmmm!

Parasite infested bottom-feeders! Yummy.

Sorry. I used to devour these things. Then I had the misfortune of discovering the vast array of horrifying creatures that spend part of their life-cylce in these things. Now I'd rather eat a turd.

Here's my solution. Get one of those rollers they use for compacting dirt. Once a week, roll that sucker over your lawn. SMOOSH!
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Old 07-26-2003, 12:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd think you'd be surprised about what lives in the rest of your food, and even the parasites that hang out in us. Just cook 'em thoroughly, and you'll be fine.
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Old 07-28-2003, 07:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sump pump the water out.
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Old 08-01-2003, 12:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'll go with the obvious... boil them and eat them
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Old 08-08-2003, 07:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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OK, remove one prong on an extension plug. Cut the other end off and wrap the opposite wire around a long insulated screwdriver. Plug it in, then stick the screwdriver in the ground and watch those suckers pop out of the ground- Already Cooked!!

(Disclaimer-please don't take any of my sarcasm seriously)
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Old 08-08-2003, 09:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd think you'd be surprised about what lives in the rest of your food, and even the parasites that hang out in us. Just cook 'em thoroughly, and you'll be fine.
Exactly. Cow parasites are particularly fun. Besides, I never heard of anyone getting E-Coli or Mad Cow from a crawdad.
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Old 08-16-2003, 05:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I thought crawfish/crawdads lived in streams underwater. You have them living in your yard?
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Old 08-17-2003, 04:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
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whenever you catch one kill it and leave it as a reminder to others. Thats how I got rid of ants in my house
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Old 08-17-2003, 07:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I thought crawfish/crawdads lived in streams underwater. You have them living in your yard?
That's pretty common in the south actually.
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Old 08-18-2003, 04:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I just moved from Ohio to Louisiana and I know what CREWSOR means. Up north you only find them in ponds and streams, down South you find them anywere it is wet.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Surrender that part of your yard to the water. Plant something that likes wet feet. like iris, canna lily, or cypress trees.

Why is it so bad to have crawfish? If they are living there, the water is not far from the surface. if you have a small yard and must use that portion, then you are going to have to install a french drain or something.
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