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Pennyb1966
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posted 26 March 2005 13:23           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,
I have a problem in my yard with mounds of dirt. ( lots of them) small with a small hole in the middle. They are everywhere and almost look like ant hills but there are no ants. you can kick them up and out comes almost like a cork. I'm clueless as to what this is and what type of damage it is doing to my yard. Any help would be apprecitated.
Penny

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Turfmiester
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posted 27 March 2005 19:50     Click Here to See the Profile for Turfmiester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From your description it sounds like moles or voles. Do you have grub worms in your yard? If you can take a picture show it to your local county agriculture extension agent, He should be able to identify your problem.

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PATRICK
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posted 04 May 2005 22:16     Click Here to See the Profile for PATRICK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SOIL IN YARD , THIS SOIL CASTE COULD BE WORM CASTE AFTER A RAINFALL OR IRRIGATION CYCLE.

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hopperro
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posted 31 May 2005 18:41           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have a similar problem - a lot of what appear to be ant hills with a large hole in the middle - the entire hill is probably only 1" high. I saw a little critter in there and it definitely was not a worm. I t appeared to have wings and looked almost like a beetle. Any suggestions anyone????

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james
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posted 01 June 2005 19:49           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
mole crickets leave small mounds of dirt when they are traveling under the surface or coming up to feed at night or after irrigation or rainfall

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Buck
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posted 07 June 2005 12:34           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Almost certainly mole crickets, espically if you are in the south.

Check out this excellent resource from NCSU. This is slanted to North Carolina, but I think the info is generalizable.

Go to: http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/pubs/insects/entor101.html

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mikemaas00
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posted 10 June 2005 14:21     Click Here to See the Profile for mikemaas00     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would get your professional to apply Topchoice or buy over'n'out or ortho max over the counter...anything with fipronil or bifenthrin as the active ingredient should get those damn things. I think a mole cricket looks more like a grasshopper than a beetle, though.

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Sandy II
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posted 15 August 2005 19:36           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw your description of the mounds of dirt
and knew what you were talking about; they
insect is called an ant lion. I understand
they eat ants. Sandy

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AMCalla
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posted 28 August 2005 22:27     Click Here to See the Profile for AMCalla     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do these insect look a little like a large fat wasp? If so, they are doing no damage to the yard other than their homes. They eat insects though.

The antlion is the proper name for the doodle bug and I don't think that is your problem.

Aaron

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