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How To Get Rid Of Armadillos

Armadillos are a pesky, resilient species. 

Armadillos may be cute and funny-looking critters to some and are better-known as road kill to others. But these pesky diggers are quite the nuisances to homeowners, gardeners and farmers.

The various species of armadillo originated in South America, but the nine-banded armadillo has ventured northward into Central America and even North America over the past 100 years. In the United States, armadillos were once isolated to Texas, but their continued northward migration has led to their increasing prevalence in states ranging from Florida to Nebraska.
The lack of natural predators in North America has resulted in the armadillo population expanding, and the species is now thought of as a pest in suburban and agricultural areas. While many homeowners and farmers choose to just shoot the rascals, there are other ways to get rid of armadillos.

Keep Armadillos Out

An ounce of prevention is equal to a pound of cure when it comes to dealing with armadillos. The most efficient, albeit expensive, way to prevent armadillos from digging up your lawn or garden is to keep them out with a proper fence. Make sure the fence extends at least one foot underground, or the armadillos are likely to just dig right underneath it.

Armadillos have a keen sense of smell, so surrounding your perimeter or mulching your garden with substances they find particularly rank, such as mothballs, vinegar or pine needles, is also a great way to send them running.

Trapping Armadillos

If you’re not sure where the armadillo’s burrow is, you can try trapping it. A grown armadillo is about the size of a racoon or a large cat, so make sure you choose a large enough trap. If you know the location of the armadillo’s burrow, place the trap nearby. Although fruit is often used for bait, earthworms are more likely to attract armadillos. To keep the worms from escaping the trap, put them inside a nylon stocking. Try leaving the bait out for a few nights before setting the trap in order to catch the armadillo’s interest.

Once you’ve trapped an armadillo, you can release it in a location where it can thrive, such as a brushy area near a pond, lake or stream.

As with any sort of animal trapping, make sure you are aware of state and local ordinances pertaining to the trapping and relocation of armadillos.

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Filling Armadillo Burrows

Once you’ve removed an armadillo from your property, you’ll want to fill in its burrow. To ensure there are no animals remaining in the burrow, loosely fill the hole with dirt and watch it for several days. Once you’re confident there are no animals remaining underground, refill the hole with a mixture of soil and pea gravel to make it harder for an opportunistic critter from redigging it.

So as cute as they are, sometimes you just need them out of your yard. These tips should keep the little rascal pests at bay.

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How To Get Rid Of Armadillos