How to Get Crawfish Out of Their Hole


Homeowners and professional landscapers find themselves battling an unusual problem: crawfish that dig holes and leave unattractive chimneys of mud. These unwelcome visitors are known as burrowing crawfish and will dig holes as deep as 5 feet to access the water table. Raccoons, armadillos, and other creatures who eat crawfish can cause significant damage to your yard when feeding on crawfish. Because of the depth of the holes and their nocturnal nature, getting a crawfish out of their holes in low-laying areas can be both time consuming and expensive. With patience and persistence, it can be done.

Things You'll Need

  • Crawfish trap
  • Oily meat, such as sausage or hot dogs
  • Set a crawfish trap by placing the meat inside and then setting it next to the hole.

  • Leave overnight. Crawfish are nocturnal and only come out of their holes to mate and eat. They will be drawn to the bait, but only while it dark.

  • Check your trap in the morning to see if the crawfish have taken the bait. More than likely you will have a crawfish in your trap.

Tips & Warnings

  • The best way to remove crawfish from your lawn or property is to lower the water table to the point where their burrowing can't reach it. In other words, drain the land and they will eventually go away as the topsoil hardens.
  • Call your county extension service to ask them for help and advice in dealing with your particular species of crawfish, especially if your yard is heavily infested.
  • Do not be tempted to poison crawfish with commercial over-the-counter pesticides. Crawfish only burrow where there is a water table available and the poison will immediately leach into the surrounding water.

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