Armadillos

Jr. Batty  |  6/3/2011 9:22:21 PM

Cage traps for armadillos are more effective when "wings' are added to direct the armadillo into the trap.

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned varmints in the lawn, flower beds and vegetable garden. I’ve had countless calls recently about an animal ripping, plowing and generally destroying plants and lawns across our area. Although wild hogs could be a possible suspect, most homeowners are finding out that the more likely culprit is the armadillo.

The armadillo is an unusual animal that has protective armor made of a hard shell like material on its head, body and tail. The bony armor has nine flexible rings between the shoulder and hip. They are active primarily at night, from dusk until dawn.

Here are some interesting facts about this four legged, nosey digger:

  • Most armadillos live within 100 feet of the area they damage. Burrows are located around stumps, brush piles, or wooded areas.
  • One litter is produced each year. Each litter is always quadruplets of the same sex. There may be 4 males or 4 females per litter.
  • They have poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell. Their digging is not accidental - spots where they dig are home to ground insects.
  • The armadillo is agile. When approached, armadillos can sense movement. It will walk, run, and swim across streams to escape.

Using ground insecticides are helpful in detouring the armadillo’s search for food. Use products containing Dylox or cyfluthin/imidacloprid or trichlorfon. Example: Triazicide or Bayer Complete Insect Control.

Traps are the best method to get rid of armadillos. No bait is needed. The best locations to set traps are along pathways to their burrows and along fences or barriers when the animals travel. The best trap is the type that can be open at both ends. Place 6 ft. or longer boards on their edges as wings to funnel the animal into the trap.

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