Crayfish in the Garden
Name: Gilbert H. J.
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2002
Would a crayfish in our garden eat our potatoes,
carrots and other crops?
We found a mysterious hole in our garden and tried many things to
flush out the inhabitant. We even flooded the hole and the back
entrance with water hoping to drown or run the critter away. Last
night I checked the entrance to the hole and found a crawfish guarding
the entrance and a pile of mud around the hole. There certainly is
an irony in trying to flush out a crayfish with water!! He or she
was probably happily swimming around in the tunnel. Last year some
critter ate all of our potato crop from the bottom. When we harvested
we got only one potato peel attached to the bottom of the potato plant.
Could that have been the crayfish? If so, how can we get rid of it.
I do not believe crayfish would do any damage to your potato, carrot or other
root crop. Their holes can be a nuisance but they are scavengers on
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