|Armadillo Info: The Nine-Banded Armadillo is an unusual creature. It is very ancient, in a family similar to anteaters.
They have the unique advantage of wearing a suit of armor, made of bone-like material. They thrive in warm climates with soft
soil, such as Texas and Florida. They dig for all of their food, which consists primarily of grubs and earthworms. They also
dig large, deep burrows into the ground in which they live and raise young. Armadillos always have identical quadruplets.
They have an excellent sense of smell. When startled, they often jump straight up, then run surprisingly fast. They are usually
about two feet long and about 12 pounds as adults. They are primarily nocturnal, but sometimes emerge after a rain or in cool
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Armadillos are expert diggers. They can cause serious damage to a lawn or a nicely landscaped area. However,
most of the calls I get regarding armadillos involve their large burrows. They often dig holes in undesirable places, such as
underneath a concrete porch, the foundation of a house, or near gas/water lines. If they remove too much dirt from under a
concrete foundation, the foundation faces the danger of cracking. Their burrows also attract other animals. If you see a large
hole on your property with a lot of dirt thrown out, that's the work of an armadillo. They need to be trapped.
How to get rid of them:
The only two ways to get rid of armadillos are via armadillo trapping
and relocation, or via prevention techniques, such as exclusion fencing that goes deep into the ground.
Physical exclusion of armadillos is labor intensive, because the animals usually just dig under or around whatever barriers you devise. But you can certainly build a fence around a porch, deck, or shed that goes into the ground at least 18 inches with a 90
degree outward bend at the bottom. Oftentimes, the easier method is simply trapping and removal. While lethal traps do exist, they are very difficult and dangerous to use, and illegal in most states. Plus, there's no need to kill armadillos. An experienced
has no problem getting the animal. It's all a matter of experience, because dillos will not respond to bait. Many people ask me what type of armadillo bait
I use to catch them, but the truth is that I use no bait, because no bait works. It's all in the location and type of trap setup.
Wondering how to get rid of armadillos? There is no magic spray or device that you can use to make them go away. Some people
try to sell predator urine, such as coyote or fox urine to get rid of dillos, but that doesn't work. They also try to sell
ultrasonic sound emitters. These devices are worthless at eliminating armadillos. Some old wive's tales recommend the use of
mothballs or ammonia-soaked rags to make them leave, but I've been to countless homes where these techniques failed - biologists
know that these attempts won't work. The ONE AND ONLY WAY to take care of your problem is with trapping and removal of the animals.
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Some of the topics covered by my armadillo journal blog include information on
how to catch an armadillo by hand
, which is not an easy task, but it can be done, and they can be lifted by the tail. I have an article on
how to solve an armadillo problem
with tips on prevention and trapping
methods. I also explain why you don't exactly hire an
armadillo pest control
company, but rather a dedicated wildlife specialist, who employs trapping, without the use of
armadillo bait, which is not necessary. I also discuss other advanced
armadillo removal tactics
armadillo trapper employs in his bag of tricks. I must also address, since so many people ask me about it,
. The answer is that there is no such thing in order to stop
, which is really the primary concern regarding these animals. Some people worry about
armadillos and leprosy
, since these critters can carry that disease in the state of Texas and
Florida armadillo control
. I also discuss
, since this animal is often a victim. Some people do
, but that's not really what we do. We do
via the use of humane cage traps to catch
armadillos in Florida
armadillos in Texas
How do you trap an armadillo?
usually best left to an expert, because of state laws regarding
armadillo trapping, and because of the nuances of dillo trapping, which are often complex. Subtle things, like the type of trap, the scent of the trap,
the type of soil and debris masking the bottom, the angle in relation to the armadillo hole and trail all make a big difference.
Experience matters a great deal! This fine dillo in this
seems to agree.
The bottom line is that getting rid of armadillos is not a simple task. When people ask me how do you get an armadillo out of your yard, the only
real answer is with trapping and removal, because there's no repellent that will keep armadillos away. Experienced trappers know that there's no bait that will lure them
in, and that use of bait is a bad idea. Only a few makes and models of trap properly do the job. The trap setup often involves excavation, and
the setup of directional barriers. Armadillos also leave a strong scent behind, and new armadillos will seek out this scent and try to dig the
same area, after you've filled it in. Thus, I often install a steel mesh below the dirt at the dig site, to stop any new burrow attempts. It's
important to comply with all state laws and regulations regarding wildlife removal, and as a non-native species, armadillos are subject to special
regulations in several states.
Additional articles I wrote:
Armadillo Trapping Tips: How to Trap an Armadillo
Armadillo Prevention Tips: How to Keep Armadillos Away
How to Kill an Armadillo