Relocate or recycle the crab as you see fit.
almost every case the first indication of hatchling activity is a ghost
crab hole over the nest. The reason for this is because the
crabs are very sensitive to the vibrations coming from the sand
that are produced by the hatchlings as they become active in the nest
chamber. If you doubt this then the next time you walk the beach at dawn of
after dusk walk barefoot, tread lightly, and look as far ahead of you
as you can. You will notice fast moving grey shadows disappearing 15 to 20
feet in front of you. That's why they call them ghost crabs.
you find a ghost crab hole over the nest chamber do not use a trap.
If the crab is in the nest then leaving him all day gives him all
day to dine on our hatchlings. If the crab is not there then the
hatchlings will be trapped in the nest and won't be able to get out. What
you have to do is dig in with your bare hand, follow the hole to it's end,
extract the crab and relocate it to a better place. If you find a dead or
injured hatchling then remove it tend to its needs. Cover the hole back up
with loose sand then build a small dome on the top and tap it firmly in
place to discourage renewed ghost crab intrusion.
When you want
to put a trap in place to catch a ghost crab remember that it
will only be successful if there is a crab in the hole. A
good indication of this is when the sand around the hole is damp and darker
in color. It's pointless to put a trap over a hole that is surrounded by dry
The crab won't enter
the trap until he needs to leave his hole. That
happens at night when he needs to go to the sea. That's why
you must check the trap the next morning to see if it has been successful.
Ghost crabs are good
climbers but they can't go straight up. Place
the trap in the tunnel following the angle of the tunnel.
The tunnel never goes straight down.
These crabs aren't
too bright but they aren't stoopid either. If you don't firmly
imbed the center tube in the hole and build the sand up around the trap
then the crab will simply push it out of the way when exiting the hole.