Texas Gardening forum: What is this dirt mound in my yard?

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Name: Mark
Devers, Texas (Zone 9a)
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mabarberdo
Feb 11, 2014 7:26 PM CST
I recently purchased a home in Liberty county Texas. These mounds started appearing in my yard late last summer. Can someone tell me what they are? There is no insect or any living thing evident around them or after knocking over.
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Frillylily
Feb 11, 2014 8:18 PM CST
could be crayfish--crawdads---mudbugs, whatever ya'all call 'em down there! I call them crawdads.

http://palin4america.com/2013/01/mud-bug-friday/

link I found with similar photo ect and info. Please excuse the politic chat at the beginning of the page, read further down. It sounds like this is what you have.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Feb 11, 2014 8:41 PM CST
Yep! Crawfish hole. When they dig their holes, they bring the mud up and build those little chimneys.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 11, 2014 11:02 PM CST
Crawfish. Welcome to TEXAS!!
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Name: Mark
Devers, Texas (Zone 9a)
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mabarberdo
Feb 12, 2014 4:23 PM CST
Thank you very much. I would never have guessed crawfish. My yard in Michigan has 4 feet of snow. Can't wait to move!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 12, 2014 5:05 PM CST

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We have these all over our bottomland. I wish I knew a way to catch all the crawdads. We could have dinner!
Name: Mark
Devers, Texas (Zone 9a)
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mabarberdo
Feb 12, 2014 6:56 PM CST
I'm just relieved they aren't termites. When I googled dirt mounds - that is what comes up. I doubt a crawdad is going to eat my new house. I love this site. Thank you for your vision and drive to make it all happen.
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dave
Feb 12, 2014 7:04 PM CST

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Thank you. Smiling
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Lavanda
Feb 22, 2014 7:46 PM CST
mabarberdo said:I'm just relieved they aren't termites. When I googled dirt mounds - that is what comes up. I doubt a crawdad is going to eat my new house. I love this site. Thank you for your vision and drive to make it all happen.


Not to worry on this front: termites don't like the light of day.

You will only see the "evidence", wood full of pinholes.
At our ranchiito we do NOT keep bees.
They and other critters grace us with their presence, and we provide for their need to the best of our abilities.

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