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Heavy rain sends shrimp inside homes

(SOURCE: ASHLEY CRAVEY) (SOURCE: ASHLEY CRAVEY)
RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) -

Recent heavy rain has some residents in the Richmond Hill area dealing with a pesky problem: lawn shrimp. And in some cases, the creatures aren't staying in lawns.

Richmond Hill resident Ashley Cravey woke up to find her foyer and kid's playroom floor covered with thousands of Terrestrial amphipods or "lawn shrimp" Friday morning. Her front porch and neighbor's porch were also covered.

"The influx of water is driving them out of their natural areas, mulch or other organic matter piles, in search for drier ground," said Robert Bell, University of Georgia Extension coordinator for Liberty County. "They are harmless and usually die when they are trapped indoors or on porches."

Bell said the shrimp may be safely swept or vacuumed up and discarded.

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