You go out to get into your vehicle and see all your carefully planted bulbs pulled out of the ground or missing. Half dollar sized holes are all through your carefully prepared and planted flower beds. Your yard looks like an army of bad golfers came through during the night, leaving scores of divots and Raccoon Poop all around the area. What could do this much damage?
This is how most people find they have an armadillo living close to them. Armadillos are those tank like animals you see by the side of the road as soon as they have lost an argument with a motor vehicle. As their scope has increased and they have moved further north, more and more people are having issues with armadillos.
Armadillos have evolved to be digging machines. The armadillo has poor vision but can smell a bug a very long way off. They’re 8-17 lbs, about the size of the opossum. Armadillos produce one litter a year comprising of four infants of the identical sex. They are born in a nest in the burrow.
Armadillos are rarely seen because they are mostly active at night during the summer, although they may work during the day in the winter. In actuality, 90% of their diet is insects, berries, and tender roots.
The difficulties come in when the armadillo smells an insect in your garden. She does not want the plant, however, digs it up so that she can get to the insect under it.
The best method of coping with these issues is a fence. I planted numerous bulbs daily. When I came out the next morning to water them, they were dug up or were missing. I realized the holes as armadillo holes and placed four foot welded wire fencing around the replanted bulbs. The next morning, I could see holes all around the backyard, but none within the fence. Problem solved.
If fencing is not practical, though, you’ve got two options. It’s possible to shoot the armadillo, if you’re somewhere that is allowed and you are able to grab it, or it is possible to trap it. I’d go with trapping it, myself.
Get one with at least 10 X 12 X 32 inches of distance. Place the trap on paths or near the burrow. Armadillos can be tricky to trap only because they do not follow a set pattern.
When you trap the armadillo, do not touch it. It is also prohibited to release an armadillo on someone else’s property without written permission. That leaves deadly disposal. Most pest control companies will come out for a fee and collect the armadillo so that you do not have to do this yourself.
Armadillos have been in existence since the era of the dinosaurs. They were the size of Volkswagens then. It’s far better to coexist with a little attempt to they dig than to kill them. Keep in mind, they were here first.