07.15.2003 - This is a photo of me and my armadillo pest control service based in Orlando FL. I caught this small armadillo from a customer's property.
It's a juvenile, so I am able to handle it with these thick gloves. Notice how the armadillo has a worn down spot on its head. This is because armadillos don't
hesitate to crash their way through brush, undergrowth, dirt, and even into hard objects. What armadillos lack in intelligence, they make up for in determination.
What they lack in their belly, they fill with invertebrates such as earthworms and beetle larvae. This is often why they are deemed a nuisance by home owners.
Armadillos can quickly destroy a lawn with their digging. They sniff about, using their keen sense of smell to detect food underground, beneath your perfectly manicured lawn. Then they dig it up, leaving a nice divot and pile of dirt. It's not a big hole, but if your yard has hundreds of worms or grubs, you could end up with hundreds of holes. Not only that, but armadillos have decided, over the past few million years, that it's a good idea to live underground. Thus they dig very big holes in which to set up camp. They often dig several of these burrows. They seem to prefer to dig them under or next to structure, such as under your porch or next to your house. Thus, they live near your yard, and dig it up real good. In addition, beware the removal of too much dirt from under any structure - it can weaken the foundation.
Other than their digging, armadillos aren't really big pests. However, the digging is enough for people to seek out their local exterminator to provide armadillo pest control. Of course, a standard poison spraying extermination company won't take care of an armadillo problem. Only a dedicated and licensed wildlife trapper like myself is equipped with the tools and knowledge to solve an armadillo issue. So give me a call if you need to get rid of those pesky dillos, and I'll happily catch them and pose with them in a photo.
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Who Do I Call To Remove A Armadillo From My Lawn - Armadillos are amazingly frustrating animals that can really cause a massive problem for gardeners and householders, particularly if they gain access to the lawned area, where they can cause massive damage. The majority of people will call an animal removal specialist, and they will usually be able to either deal with the armadillo themselves, or to call an experienced armadillo trapper. Although the techniques that the majority of armadillo catchers will use to deal with the animal are fairly simple, the experience that these individuals can offer will be vital to dealing with the problem quickly.
The amount of damage that can be caused to a lawn by an armadillo can be significant, because the armadillo will naturally look to dig in the lawn to find earthworms and other insects to eat. This will often leave a lawn that was once flat and green a pitted and pockmarked surface where there are small piles of soil across the lawn. For those who are looking for a suitable professional to deal with their armadillo problem, there are a number of different directories that people can use that can refer them to an expert armadillo removal technician.
Where To Release Armadillo - One of the most important features for those people who are preparing to catch and remove an armadillo is to plan what they are going to do with the animal once it has been caught. This means planning out where they are going to release the armadillos, and it is best to choose a location that is well away from the property where the armadillo is actually being caught. Armadillos will not always be nomadic, and some may try and return to their old burrows, which is why the majority of experts look to release the animal at least five, if not ten miles away from the location where the armadillo was captured.
The location where you choose to release the armadillo should also be considered, as it is very irresponsible to release the animal close to other people's properties, as it is possible the animal will just become someone else's problem. These are animals that will often cause trouble if they come into contact with people, so it is best to choose a rural location to release the animal. Armadillos prefer areas that are near woodland or swampy areas as these tend to offer the ground cover that these small animals enjoy.
Armadillos are among the most unique looking pest animals out there. Not only do they look unique, but they also pose unique problems. They cause a lot of damage to people's yards, gardens, and fields. While it may be annoying, there are some options to solve this problem. Continue reading this article to find out why they are damaging your property and how a wildlife control service can help.
Why are armadillos in my yard?
There are two main reasons that armadillos will tear up your yard, garden, or any other parts of your property. Like many different pests, armadillos search for grubs and other insects in the ground, and to do this, they tear up quite a bit of your lawn. In addition to searching for food, they also like to make burrows. An armadillo burrow can be pretty large, so it is important to take care of this problem as soon as you possibly can. Look for any signs of armadillo behavior, such as small holes in the ground, large holes by sidewalks and concrete, and armadillos themselves.
How can I reduce attractants in my yard?
Since armadillos come onto your property to look for insects and shelter, it is important to do as much as you can to make this harder for them. Even steps as simple as cleaning up your yard of any woodpiles, brush, and shrubs can go a long way into making your yard less hospitable to an armadillo. It is also a wise idea to pick up any fruit that has fallen from any of your fruit trees.
How can I remove them?
While trapping and removing armadillos seems like a simple task, it can present some problems. If you are an amateur trapper, using a live cage trap won't be a big deal, and you will likely use it effectively. That being said, it is important to remember that once you remove the armadillos, you have to figure out a way to prevent them from coming back. It is also very important to pay attention to any laws in your area on the trapping and relocating of armadillos. Why should I hire a professional wildlife removal service?
There are a few very good reasons to hire a professional wildlife removal service. The first reason is that whatever steps the wildlife control professional has to take will be legal. It is nice to not have to worry about the legality of removing pests from your property. In addition to this reason, wildlife control experts will help you identify ways to prevent any future armadillos from coming onto your property. This is a key reason, as there is no sense in trapping armadillos if they are able to come right back. One final reason to have a wildlife control expert do the removal is that they have years of experience. They will be able to assess the problem, set traps, and effectively and efficiently remove every armadillo on your property. It is always a good idea to consider using a wildlife control service if you have an armadillo problem.