You go out to get into your car and see all your carefully planted bulbs pumped from the ground or missing. Half dollar sized holes are through your carefully prepared and planted flower beds. You yard looks like an army of bad golfers came through during the night, leaving dozens of divots all over the place. What could do this much harm?
This is how most people find they have an armadillo living close to them. Armadillos are such tank like animals you see by the side of the road as soon as they’ve lost an argument with a motor vehicle. As their range has increased and they’ve moved further north, more and more people are having disagreements with armadillos.
Armadillos have evolved to be digging machines. They have large front claws and dig burrows as well as dig for food. Armadillos produce one litter a year comprising four infants of the same sex. They are born in a nest in the burrow.
Armadillos are rarely seen because they are primarily active at night throughout the summer, even though they may work during the day in the winter. They spend the majority of their time searching insects. In fact, 90% of the diet is insects, with the rest being fruit, berries, and tender roots.
The problem come in once the armadillo smells an insect in your backyard. She doesn’t want to have the plant, but digs it up so that she can get to the insect. So while on one hand she’s beneficial and eats insects, on the other, she is destructive.
The best way of dealing with these issues is a fence. I planted a number of bulbs on day. When I came out the next morning to water them, they had been dug up or were missing. I recognized that the holes as armadillo holes and place four foot welded wire fencing around the replanted bulbs. The morning after, I could see holes all over the backyard, but none within the fence. Problem solved.
If fencing is not practical, though, you have two options. You can shoot the armadillo, if you’re someplace that’s allowed and you can catch it, or you can trap it. I would go with trapping myself.
Get one with at least 10 X 12 X 32 inches of distance. You can bait it with overripe fruit. Place the trap on paths or near the burrow. Armadillos can be tricky to trap because they don’t follow a set pattern.
When you trap the armadillo, do not touch it. Armadillos carry leprosy and it is illegal, at least in Texas, to maintain a live armadillo because of this. It is also illegal to release an armadillo on somebody else’s property without written consent. That leaves lethal disposal. Most pest control companies like Orlando Rat Removal will come out for a fee and collect the armadillo so that you do not have to do this yourself.
Armadillos have been in existence since the age of the dinosaurs. They were the size of Volkswagens then.
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