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How do you get rid of crawfish/crawdads in your yard?

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Jerry Last reply on Aug 9, 2015

I am in Santa Fe, TX, near the coast, but in more of a rural area. We have lots and lots of Crawdads that burrow holes in our yard and ditches. Does anyone know how to get rid of them or getting them to leave? It makes the yard really hard to walk in because of the holes.

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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Jul 19, 2013

    I can appreciate your desire to do something about this, Pamela, but I'm afraid the only longterm solution is to work to improve the drainage on your property. Most sources specifically recommend against chemical controls because of the threat to water quality and how widely they can be distributed by water movement. No chemical controls are registered in Texas. For some additional perspective and guidance, see this from Virginia Cooperative Extension: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/420/420-253/420-253.html From Texas A&M: http://landscapeipm.tamu.edu/what-is-ipm/ipm-concepts/pest-identification/good-bug-bad-bug/neither/crawfish/

  • Pamela Staudt
    Pamela Staudt Santa Fe, TX
    on Jul 20, 2013

    Thank you so much for your advise. I will take a look at it...hopefully they will have something useful and affordable.

  • Fiona Loper
    Fiona Loper Robbins, TN
    on Jul 21, 2013

    let a few neighbours know, they will be delighted to come and fish them out for you

  • Pamela Staudt
    Pamela Staudt Santa Fe, TX
    on Jul 23, 2013

    LOL Fiona! I'm sure they would. Thanks for your ideas.

  • Pamela Staudt
    Pamela Staudt Santa Fe, TX
    on Jul 23, 2013

    Douglas, I did check out the sites you provided, but they didn't offer anything too helpful. We will be building a house on the property soon, so that should help out quite a bit, but I am open to any other helpful advise. Thank you.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Jul 23, 2013

    Pamela, I think the bottom line is that you need to do the site work to ensure proper drainage before you build.

  • Jerry
    Jerry Mount Vernon, IN
    on Aug 9, 2015

    We are sustaining damage to our dam due to numerous crayfish burrows. Will calcium carbonate used for ice melt help? Will it hurt other wildlife or fish? We bought a crayfish trap and have caught zero crayfish. Help!

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