Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. The
problem you are experiencing with crawfish (also known as crayfish,
crawdads, mud bugs, stone crabs and other names) is not an uncommon
one where areas are moist or where the unseen water table is high.
Some problem areas that are in close proximity to moist or marshy
locations suffer from the damage these creatures present simply
because they tend to migrate but ironically, herein lies the solution:
There are no pesticides on the market intended specifically for
crawfish control. There is, however, a chemical that can help drive
them away or prevent them from invading your property to begin with.
The stuff is expensive (often $100 per can) but 1 tablespoon per
burrow should do the trick:
The most popular method of control is capture and removal to other
locations. Some people use wire cage traps and bait them with fish,
chicken, or other meat chucks to lure the little critters in.
SMALL METAL CRAWFISH TRAPS
LARGE METAL CRAWFISH TRAPS
WOODEN CRAWFISH TRAPS
CRAWFISH NET TRAPS
This method is not only tedious and requires great patience, but it
can also prove cost-prohibitive in terms of equipment, bait and
continued damage while the process is taking place. Since crawfish
like to migrate the best method is prevention. Solid wood or stone
barriers that fit tightly against the ground can be used as ?fences?
to prevent crawfish from entering into the area. Again, this may be
cost-prohibitive, but the cheaper alternative is to bury a 6-8 inch
plastic lawn border (sometimes called ?edging?) or aluminum flashing
about 3-4 inches into the ground (so that a few inches stick above the
ground to provide a ?dam?) around the problem area to prevent the
nuisance crustaceans from ambling onto your lawn in the first place.
This method requires some work on your part but it is relatively
inexpensive. You can often get this type of lawn border at your local
hardware store for as little as $6-$7 for a 20 ft. roll.
FROOGLE: LAWN BORDER
FROOGLE: LAW ENDING
Crawfish frequently migrate across the surface and stay close to the
ground, so like most simple creatures, they like to take the path of
least resistance. When they encounter your barrier they will rather go
elsewhere than try to negotiate it. This is not foolproof but it will
provide a fairly effective barrier against future encroachment in
large numbers and will go a long way toward decreasing the overall
population you are forced to contend with.
I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher
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