salamanders

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lawnservice, May 22, 2007.

  1. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    have a customer who says she gets 'tons' of salamanders and they get into her inground pool....eewww. She just opened her pool and they were already in the pool hanging at the bottom of the deep end. Her pool guy told her to call her 'lawn guy' so I spent about 20 minutes on the phone with her.

    i have never come across this one before. any ideas on getting control of these amphibians?

    PS...she said her lawn looks great!:)
     
  2. ampeg76

    ampeg76 LawnSite Senior Member
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    lol, thats a new one!

    maybe find out what their food source is and try to take care of that!

    they are harmless, maybe the lady should just make some new friends:)
     
  3. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
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    And, in many areas, certain kinds are federally protected. Be sure and determine which sort they are before you do anything drastic.
     
  4. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks for the replys, because salamanders are not exactly in our area of expertise and they dont cause issues with the turf we have asked the customer to refer to their structual pest control people (who will probably tell them to call us?)
     
  5. sgoalie23

    sgoalie23 LawnSite Member
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    I own an in-ground pool and I can speak from experience. At one time it was frogs, then for two years it was Mallard ducks. The issue is when the pool is first opened, the water chemistry is that of a pond. Once the chemistry is changed to that of a swimming pool, the problem goes away. I think it is the smell or "taste" of the water that keeps the critters out. Good Luck.
    Mark
     
  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    Tell her you'll be over with a big snake that will eat the salamanders...
     
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    BINGO We have a winner.
     
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    The green wee-knees have convinced the city of Austin that the last saladmaders live in our Barton Springs and hence no more building should occur.....battle been going on for 20 years. Maybe you can send our city a note and tell them the good news.
     
  9. Nathan Robinson

    Nathan Robinson LawnSite Senior Member
    from 47712
    Posts: 317

    get a cat?!
     
  10. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,846

    Dry up the area the best you can. Eliminate organic matter whenever possible. Clean up leaves regularly. These babies like wet/organic areas. Please don't kill these little guys, cuz they need a home too.
     

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