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Old 10-01-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Default Random dirt piles popping up in lawn

I've been noticing small, random piles of loose dirt popping up around my lawn. They're noticeable because, although I water, the dirt is dry and compact (in S. Texas). I'll get down and dig in to see if it's ants, but there are none to be found. I've had a few fire ant piles pop up too, but I've quickly gotten rid of those.

They basically look like tiny (maybe 2 inches in diameter) ant piles, but have no ants or insects of any type.

Any thoughts on what they could be?
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I have the same thing. Hmmm..I thought they were the beginning of new Fire ant nests. Maybe not. I'll have to go and and see if there are any ants in them. Infact I just mentioned this on the NC thread and was planning on treating them for Fire ants. I'll check back after I go out and see............
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: rain city
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Has it been raining? Ants dig down deeper in wet soil and that leaves new mounds on the surface.

"I've had a few fire ant piles pop up too, but I've quickly gotten rid of those."

Gotten *rid* of fire ants? I'll bet not. Destroying a fire ant mound does not get rid of them. Their mounds are connected, I've seen studies that underground they can go for half a mile. Even if you did treat your fire ant mounds, they quickly will return from neighboring properties.

Your mounds are probably ants.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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I'm back and you are 100% correct---no ants. I have no clue what they are either. I have them all over my yard, even in the lawn. I'm anxious to hear what someone has to say about this. Good question!
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:29 AM
 
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I have a couple of Fire ant mounds and the ants are indeed in those mounds---these small mounds don't have any ants in them?? My friend has had some good success using Amdro on the Fire Ants. I will give it a try on the real ant mounds! If the little buggers do tunnel for miles that's fine by me as long as they tunnel out of my yard. I figure if I make it miserable enough for them they'll look for a better place to set up camp!
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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I'm back and you are 100% correct---no ants. I have no clue what they are either. I have them all over my yard, even in the lawn. I'm anxious to hear what someone has to say about this. Good question!
Could they be Moles? I'm not familiar with your part of the country and these but my neighbor has them.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:31 AM
 
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It hasn't been raining, but I run my sprinklers a couple times a week. They may very well be offshoots of fireant mounds. I've just never experienced being able to dig down in there and not see any at all. I've poisoned the big ones I've seen and that helps, but you're right. I'll never get rid of them. Maybe just chase them off to the neighbor's yard
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:32 AM
 
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Could they be Moles? I'm not familiar with your part of the country and these but my neighbor has them.
Definitely not moles in my area. Not sure about the other poster.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:33 AM
 
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Nope, not moles...to small of mounds at least in my yard. What I have is like maybe a 1/4 cup of fresh dirt in a small mound. It has been rainy here off and on but not a lot. Besides I have cats! Ohhhh--unless my cats have been slacking! Hmmm..but the mounds are really small. There are moles in this area---my cats have brought in a couple of really little ones in the spring.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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I had these all over my lawn, and I sprayed them with the hose - the loose dirt washed away and inside each mound was a little case, like a mini-wasp nest...no ants visible tho...
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