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Lpac
Sep 17, 2017 7:43 AM CST
What are the tiny sandlike piles, almost like ant hills, but I see no ants in my flower beds and in the lawn?
Thank you.
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LysmachiaMoon
Sep 17, 2017 5:07 PM CST
If they aren't ant hills, they could be piles of earth left by earthworms. Has there been a lot of rain lately? I think the earthworms push the dirt up and out of their tunnels as they emerge at night especially after a rain.
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greene
Sep 17, 2017 5:52 PM CST
Lpac said:What are the tiny sandlike piles, almost like ant hills, but I see no ants in my flower beds and in the lawn?
Thank you.


Photos would be very helpful, thank you.

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Weedwhacker
Sep 17, 2017 7:43 PM CST
They could be from ground bees (not the nasty ground wasps). We have quite a large colony of little black ground bees in our yard, their burrow openings look almost identical to ant hills but somewhat larger openings. Those bees, which are very non-aggressive, have been our best pollinators for the past few years! Smiling

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McCannon
Sep 17, 2017 9:49 PM CST
I'd guess subterranean ants. We get them occasionally, and sometimes the hills are quite small and very close together. We rarely see the ants unless we disturb the hills. As @greene mentioned, pictures would be helpful.
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kniphofia
Sep 17, 2017 10:11 PM CST
I'd say worm casts.
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sallyg
Sep 18, 2017 6:07 AM CST
Ants are swarming in September, here. I am finding sand piles in places I don't normally notice the ants. But I know we have a huge ant population in the yard.
We have ground bees too but notice them more in spring. And usually a small round hole in the middle pretty obvious.
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Philipwonel
Sep 18, 2017 10:48 AM CST
I'm not discounting anyone eles answers, there all possible, without a pic. Butt ! My though is, Annie got it, First off the bat !😁! Earthworms ! Hurray! Annie 😁😁😁
They kind of look like little piles of bird poop. Balls of dirt about the dia. of a pencil lead or a little larger, kind of strung together like a strand of popcorn, in little piles.
Sound about right ?
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Sep 18, 2017 11:01 AM CST
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McCannon
Sep 18, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Philip, our earthworms are antisocial. We never see them unless we dig them out of the ground.
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Philipwonel
Sep 19, 2017 8:55 AM CST
Yo ! Mac 😁: Earthworms antisocial. Rolling on the floor laughing Sure beats me. Google it. Seems them scientists have done studies on just about anything, imaginable. They have to, to keep there jobs.
Now, you done it !!! One of them is going to read this, and say : Lets find out ! Rolling on the floor laughing

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Yardenman
Sep 19, 2017 9:00 AM CST
Just a wild thought, you are talking about uphilled sand, not downwards cones right? Because downward cones are ant lions. I love those.

As I said, just a wild thought.
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McCannon
Sep 19, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Let's get back to the OP's question of the sand-like piles, Philip. Pictures might answer the question.
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Frillylily
Sep 19, 2017 12:51 PM CST
sand like piles could be bill bugs. Like in the link I posted above.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 19, 2017 12:59 PM CST
Lots of possibilities -- we really need to see a photo Smiling
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Frillylily
Sep 19, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Yo ! Mac 😁: Earthworms antisocial. Rolling on the floor laughing Sure beats me. Google it. Seems them scientists have done studies on just about anything, imaginable. They have to, to keep there jobs.
Now, you done it !!! One of them is going to read this, and say : Lets find out ! Rolling on the floor laughing

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maybe if they are not running away, we can conclude they *can't* run

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woofie
Sep 22, 2017 11:17 AM CST
Yup. They can hide, but they can't run. Hilarious!
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