Armadillos – they have been around for thousands of years, and why? Because they have adapted to everything that their environment has thrown at them. That is why how to get rid of armadillos is such a rough topic to tackle; as soon as one solution is nailed down, they find a solution.
Armadillos can be found from as far north as the Southern United States to as far south as South America. They dig large and deep burrows in which they live and raise their young and so are not always visible to humans trying to locate them.
Armadillos are nocturnal, meaning they are out and about during the night time hours. Of course this is the time when the property owner is least likely to see them, let alone make an effort at ridding the property of them.
They mainly feast on insects and a few plants, but worms and grubs are their favorites. As a result, they are particularly interested in your back yard!
The Damage that Armadillos can do
Armadillos by their very nature are diggers. Because of this, they have the potential to ruin lawns, undermine concrete foundations, and interfere with gas, water, electrical, or telephone lines. For this reason, armadillos have to be controlled. The sooner you take care of an armadillo problem when you spot it, the better.
There is no “armadillo chemical defense” or anything of that nature, such as there is for ants or termites. Armadillos are mammals that live in the environment and even provide some benefit to us such as grub control.
But this is not a justification to creating the collapse of your concrete porch or chewing through your cable TV line in the middle of the big game!
Bogus Armadillo Riddance Methods
Just read the advertisements. They will claim that you can frighten armadillos away by applying predator urine gathered from such animals as the wolf or fox. The truth is that the armadillo doesn’t care about any of those creatures. Why should he? He’s armor-coated! Think about it – armadillos have been around for longer than them. Another falsehood is that ultra-sonic noise emitters will chase them away.
Guess what? Armadillos don’t care about ultra-sonics any more than mosquitoes and fleas do… but consumers still spend billions on that schlock yearly. The power of expectation exceeds that of real results, every time.
How to Get Rid of Armadillos
Are they easy to get rid of? Absolutely not. They should not be poisoned but they should be trapped. Not only is that the humane way to be rid of them, in this way, when they are gone, the homeowner doesn’t have the additional problem of carrion eating critters.
How to trap them?
Trapping armadillos and releasing them elsewhere is the preferable method of dealing with an armadillo problem. Yet this is not something the average homeowner is equipped to deal with. First off, you have to catch them when they are active.
Secondly, you must have the proper capture equipment; that is, cage and transport devices. Finally, the person performing the capture must have a suitable environment in which to release the captive armadillo. It is not appropriate to simply release them back into another neighborhood. The best course of action is to check with local authorities for local companies that specialize in this kind of removal or simply look in the yellow pages.