Armadillos are interesting creatures but they cause major havoc in our gardens. If you want to get rid of them, it is important you get to know them first, so that you know what you are up against.
Here are some armadillo facts that you may like to consider before you get rid of them.
• It is a New world placental mammal
• It has leathery armor shell
• There are usually 75 cm (30 in) long
• Giant armadillo would grow up to 150 cm (59 in)
• They originated in South America
• They have poor eyesight
• They have a keen sense of smell in order for them to hunt food
• Uses their claws in order to dig and find their food
• Love making burrow home
• When it comes to know more about what do armadillos eat, they mostly prefer beetles, bugs, grubs, lizards, worms, rats and other insects. They also eat berries, vegetables and fruits.
Getting to Know the Nine-banded Armadillo
Among the famous type of Armadillo menace is the Nine-Banded Armadillo. This is a strange creature as it is an ancient one and is considered similar to anteaters. They have this strong suit of armor that is composed of a bone-like material that protects them. They are usually nocturnal in nature and goes out after the rain. These types of armadillos are usually two feet in length and adult ones are 12 pounds.
They like to thrive and live where there is a warm climate that has a soft soil. They love digging the ground for foods. The types of food they like are usually grubs and earthworms. They can dig deep burrows where they would use it to live-in and bring-up their young. The Nine-banded Armadillos are known to have excellent scent of smell. They are creatures that when they get startled they tend to jump straight up and fast.
Why Armadillo Control is important
Armadillo may look harmful but they cause major damage especially when it comes to your unsuspecting lawn and landscapes. Often times, is the creation large burrows that these expert diggers have created that makes people freak out. Often digging holes in places that you least expect like concrete foundations of your house, the removal of too much dirt from these foundation may result to cracking. Their burrows as well attract more animals that may also become a menace to your home.
How to get rid of them, follow these steps:
1. Check if State Laws allow you to trap the armadillo. If you are permitted to go to the next step.
2. Buy a strong and large cage trap preferably racoon size one
3. Level the area where you identified an armadillo burrow and also set a trap in that area.
4. In the absence of a burrow, and there’s also only yard digging, use wood or construction barriers. Make sure it is v-shape and lead it into the trap door. Remember baits doesn’t work here, it’s really a matter of placing the fence properly to let the armadillo simply walk into it.
5. If your state law allow, relocate the armadillo. Preferably contact a wildlife officer to help you with it.
6. If all else fails, get a professional.