Armadillo control requires a bit of planning since armadillos are actually good to have around.
They will help you fight such annoying pests as spiders, roaches, fire ants, scorpions, and the infamous termite. But if they have been damaging your garden and lawn, weakening building foundations, digging unwanted holes, then they have themselves become a pest.
Armadillos can also inflict serious danger to water levees, farm equipment and to farm animals. However, killing them may not be the only or best solution..
Size: 1 to 2 1/2 feet long
Weight: 7 to 15 lbs
life span: 12 to 15 years
Protection status: Threatened
Here's an overweight short legged mammal who can dig a hole in record time. It can be found in southern Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, and parts of Florida.
Four bibles at a time are usually born between February - April, interesting enough, they are always the same sex!
Armadillos are nocturnal, it is then, when you are asleep, that they will become a pest until they find something to eat.
Since this is the only armadillo you are likely to encounter in the United States we'll talk about how to identify it but control works the same for most armadillos.
Their hiding places or "dens" can be 6 to 10 inches wide and up to 20 feet below ground surface. Sometimes you can spot them during the day, their pig-like nose, well protected horny outer covering, and distinctive tail makes them unmistakeable.
Here are the good and bad news,
Bad news, there's really nothing you can do to prevent armadillos from roaming around your property.
But remember they are your friends, since they help you control other annoying pests such as spiders, roaches, fire ants, scorpions, the infamous termite, and other worms and insects, so you want them around.
But they will keep coming around even when you've tried everything you can do to discourage them.
Here are the GOOD NEWS, armadillos are a creature of habit, they will keep coming back and even using they same pathways in search for worms and insects during the night.
All you have to do is observe and briefly study their pathways and SET A TRAP in that pathway. Here's how ..
The most important thing to remember is that - armadillos are difficult to catch - so be prepared and don't give up!
Since trapping is about the only thing you can do use the most effective traps. Your typical large raccoon trap will do, they usually measure 32 x 10 x 12 inches. There are two different kinds, single and two-door traps.
Two - Door Trap. A 2-door trap does not require bait, the "catch" (pun intended ;) in using these will be all about the pathways the armadillo follows. You must place the trap in that pathway using scrap wood to "funnel" him through it..
Place pieces of scrap wood at both ends so that the only way to get through is literally through the trap. You can do it on a single end so as to make the scrap wood look like a cross, or as though the trap had "wings," but I recommend doing that on both ends.
Single - door traps are all about the BAIT, so make it good.
Without a doubt the best bait will be what they are looking for, night crawlers. Simply hang them inside the cage with a string or in a nylon stocking.
You can also use fruit such as pears, apples, cantaloupe and others. But make sure it is nearly rotten. They love that!
Your goal in chemical armadillo control is not to kill them but simply to drive them away, at the very least drive them away from your home and other property where they have become pests.
The best method for this is the use of non-lethal products. Use natural products with CASTOR OIL as the active ingredient, preferably, one that is 100% castor oil.
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