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Pamel
Nov 2, 2019 2:49 PM CST
We recently moved home and I've found a number of mud mounds in our new garden. They start off as small wet muddy areas and then become a dry clay like mound that if you break up, its like fine brown powder. It looks like a type of fungus. Does anyone know what they may be and how to prevent them?
I'm concerned that if the kids play with them and inhale the powder it could be harmful.
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Nov 2, 2019 3:58 PM CST
When the ground gets wet the ants bring the wet soil to the top of the ground one tiny grain at a time. Nothing to worry about your kids will be fine. I noticed Your Saint Augustine grass blades are cut zagged and if you sharpened your lawn mower blade it would help you grass look and grow better.
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Nov 2, 2019 4:36 PM CST
I don't know, that does not look like the work of ants to me.
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DaisyI
Nov 2, 2019 4:42 PM CST
Maybe the Jerusalem Crickets are coming up.
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gardenfish
Nov 2, 2019 4:59 PM CST
Is the mud fashioned into conical towers with an opening on top? If it is, that would be a kind of crawdad. People around here call them land mud bugs. I finally figured out what they were when I found one broken down and the shell remains of one beside it, a meal, no doubt, for a hungry coon! Hilarious!
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Nov 2, 2019 6:10 PM CST

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Nov 2, 2019 6:17 PM CST
Probably not, but you never know. I live nearly in the square middle of my town, and I didn't expect a coyote to be trotting down the middle of my street, either! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Nov 2, 2019 6:25 PM CST
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Nov 2, 2019 7:05 PM CST
gardenfish said:Probably not, but you never know. I live nearly in the square middle of my town, and I didn't expect a coyote to be trotting down the middle of my street, either! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


Then I won't tell you about the mountain lion who visited Harrah's Club in down town Reno a couple years ago. Rolling on the floor laughing

Dig down into one of those mounds and see whats under it.
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gardenfish
Nov 3, 2019 1:32 AM CST
Daisy, have you heard about the coyote that was photographed on the terrace seating of a bar in Manhattan on the top of a high rise? I don't think he was there for an old fashion!
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Nov 3, 2019 6:58 AM CST
Well, coyotes are known for their ability to adapt and fit into to changing environments.
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Nov 4, 2019 8:26 AM CST
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gardenfish
Nov 4, 2019 9:23 AM CST
I am not sure if the ones in people's yards are the same found in all our major bodies of water, and our small creeks, too. I do know that crawdads can survive for a long amount of time out of water, so maybe it is not unreasonable to think they could travel far distances. However that would not explain how they could live without water in someone's yard, unless the tunnels under the cones they build go down to a water table of some sort. More info needed on this.
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gardenfish
Nov 4, 2019 9:29 AM CST
Just googled crawdads.. there are terrestrial ones that spend most of their life on land, and make mounds like I was describing. Even a you tube video showing how to extricate them from the mounds...
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DaisyI
Nov 4, 2019 10:14 AM CST
I don't think there are any terrestrial crawdads in California. @Pamel, did you dig into a mound to see what, if anything, is underneath?
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gardenfish
Nov 4, 2019 12:49 PM CST
Daisy are there any crawdads in California?
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DaisyI
Nov 4, 2019 1:03 PM CST
Yes, but only in Northern California.
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Nov 4, 2019 1:44 PM CST
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DaisyI
Nov 4, 2019 1:58 PM CST
Only if the crawdads found a ditch running 400 miles south. Smiling
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