You go out to enter your car and see all of your carefully planted bulbs pumped from the floor or missing. You yard looks like an army of poor 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 creatures you see by the side of the street as soon as they’ve lost an argument with a motor vehicle. As their scope has increased and they’ve moved further north, a growing number of people are having disagreements with armadillos.
They have large front claws and dig burrows in addition to dig for food. They’re 8-17 lbs, about the size of an opossum. Armadillos produce one litter a year comprising four infants of the same sex. They’re born in a nest at the burrow.
Armadillos are seldom seen because they are mostly active at night throughout the summer, even though they may work throughout the day in the winter. They spend the majority of their time searching insects. In reality, 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’s destructive.
The best way of dealing with these issues is a fence. I planted quite a few bulbs on day. When I came out the next morning to water them they were awakened or were missing. I realized that the holes 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, however, you’ve got two options. You may shoot at the armadillo, if you’re someplace that’s allowed and you can grab it, or you can trap it. I’d go with trapping myself.
You can lure it with overripe fruit. Place the trap on trails or near the burrow. Armadillos can be tricky to trap because they don’t follow a set pattern.
When you trap the armadillo, don’t touch it call Broward Wildlife Control. Armadillos carry leprosy and it’s illegal, at least in Texas, to maintain a live armadillo because of this. Additionally it is illegal to release an armadillo on somebody else’s property without consent. That leaves deadly disposal.
Armadillos have been in existence since the age of the dinosaurs. It’s much better to coexist with a small attempt to exclude the armadillo from flower beds, garden beds, and other areas they dig than to kill them.