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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 weather.



Nuisance concerns: 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 armadillo trapper has no problem getting the animal. It's all a matter of experience, because Armadillos 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.

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.


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