Lawn shrimps are usually pests to humans but are not harmful.
- Approximately 5 mm to 20 mm (3/16 to 3/4 in) in length
- Species can vary in color from pale brown, greenish, to brownish black when they are alive and red in color when they die
- Their bodies are laterally compressed and they lack a hard covering that is common in most crustaceans
- The abdominal segments are often fused
- Two pairs of antennas, one set being extremely small
- Mouthparts that chew and feed off organic or decaying animal matter
WHAT ATTRACTS LAWN SHRIMPS?
- Moist areas after rain
PREVENTION OF LAWN SHRIMP INFESTATION:
- Remove moisture from wood piles, flower pots, or any other stationary object they may live under
- Get rid of humid, high-moisture habitats from entry points to your home
- Sealing thresholds of doorways will keep these pests out
- Any good perimeter pest control product should help
- If any lawn shrimps appear, they can easily be swept up and discarded in the trash bin