Armadillo Removal

Get Rid of Your Armadillo Problem Fast!

Armadillo Removal and Armadillo Trapping is the best method of removing these nuisance pests from your property. Trapping is the fastest, most effective method of preventing an armadillo from destroying your lawn. It is often a tricky process because they are not attracted to food on the ground or a baited trap. These animals will not freely go into a cage trap in search of food. Armadillos primarily dig for their food, hence why they will not enter a baited cage trap freely. This is why trapping an armadillo should be handled by a professional Wildlife Control professional of Nuisance Wildlife Rangers. We are experts at Armadillo Trapping and have successfully provided these services throughout South Florida, Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando areas.

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Remove Armadillo Food Sources

The first armadillo removal method that we recommend goes right to the source. We’re talking about removing the things that are actually attracting the animal to your property in the first place. It’s generally easy and cheap to do, but it’s not always a foolproof solution.

In general, armadillos love to eat bugs, grubs, and worms as well as small plants. These are all things that are found in the ground. For this reason, it’s impossible to completely remove all an armadillo’s food sources from your yard. We also don’t recommend purging your yard of every single insect – this can cause other unforeseen problems.

What we do recommend is simply cleaning up your property. It pays to rake up any fallen leaves, berries, or other tasty plant parts. Additionally, removing brush and woodpiles can also effectively deter an armadillo. These animals like to make their burrows in areas with lots of cover. Clearing your yard as much as possible will make it less attractive to armadillos.

Use High-Quality Fencing

Fencing in your yard or garden can have a big impact. It’s effective at preventing armadillos and other nuisance critters from raiding your veggie plot or tearing up your flower beds. The main drawback to these fencing methods is cost.

There are two types of fencing that we recommend at Nuisance Wildlife Rangers. The first is your typical in-ground chain link fencing. However, the fencing must be installed properly. To effectively deter armadillos, we suggest installing the fence so it goes at least 12-18 inches into the ground. If you can slant the buried portion outwards at about a 40-degree angle, that will be even better.

We also recommend electric fencing, but only to clients with no small children or pets. A single electric fence line that’s low to the ground (less than 6 inches high) can work wonders against armadillos.


Armadillo Bait and Live Trapping

If prevention fails, then trapping is your best method for armadillo removal. At Nuisance Wildlife Rangers, we are armadillo trapping experts. We use sturdy steel cage traps to effectively and humanely trap and remove these animals.

The key to successful armadillo trapping is location. Armadillos need to get pretty close in order to recognize something as a food source, so you need to set your trap close to where the animal will be. The best way to do this is to look for signs of armadillo damage like holes or burrows. You should place your trap as close to these as possible.

We recommend using natural baits like worms and crickets to attract armadillos. Keep in mind that because these animals are nocturnal, you’ll have the best odds of success if you set the trap at dusk then check it in the morning.

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    How to Trap An Armadillo

    Armadillos are barrel-shaped animals best known for their natural armor. They rely on their armor for defense. Coupled with their tiny mouths with little peg teeth, they are docile and harmless to humans.

    trapping armadilloHowever, they can wreak havoc on properties. First off, they live in burrows, so they dig tunnels around the yard, thereby disfiguring the landscape. Also, when digging for earthworms, grubs, and insects, armadillos in the yard will tear out the vegetation.

    So what’s the best way to deal with an armadillo infestation? As it turns out, trapping is very effective for capturing armadillos. But only if you know how to go about it. Our professionals at Nuisance Wildlife Rangers have honed the process of trapping armadillos. And in this post, we share this process with you.

    Step 1: Get a large live trap.

    The average length of an armadillo is about 75 cm, and the nine-banded species generally weigh up to 7 kg. Hence, they are pretty big creatures. That’s why you need a large or extra-large live trap – about 32-42 inches in length and 12 inches high. You can either use a 1-door or 2-door trap.

    Step 2: Select appropriate trap placement.

    This is arguably the most important part of the process. Why? You see, armadillos have poor eyesight, so they rely on specific travel paths to move to and from their burrows. Even with that, they still bump into objects and walls from time to time.

    So, what does this mean for you? If you can identify the travel path of the armadillo, you can place the trap there. And voila! You have a good chance of catching it. Other viable positions include the burrow entryway, or along a wall or fence line close to the burrow entrance.

    Step 3: Bait the trap?

    This step is posed as a question because baiting a trap for armadillos is controversial. Here’s the thing: armadillos instinctively only eat the food they dig out. Hence, they are less likely to fall for a bait that’s above the ground surface. At Nuisance Wildlife Rangers, we believe baiting isn’t necessary.

    However, some people claim that baiting works. If you want to give it a try, then appropriate bait to use include mealworms or earthworms. What’s more, ensure the bait is well positioned so the armadillo has to step on the trigger plate to access it.

    Step 4: Set the trap

    Now that you’ve got the trap size, trap placement, and bait (optional) figured out, it’s time to set the trap.

    Nine-banded armadillos are nocturnal and spend their waking time burrowing or feeding. Hence, the best time to set the trap is in the evening, right before the animal comes out of its burrow to forage.

    Note that during the winter, the weather is cooler, so you might sight the armadillo during the day. So, trapping might work during the daytime during this period.

    Step 5: Monitor the trap

    Many homeowners set traps and forget about them for extended periods. That’s very bad. A trapped armadillo will struggle to get out of the trap. And if it stays there for too long, it might injure itself in the process of trying to escape. To prevent any of that from happening, it’s important you check the trap regularly.

    Step 6: Relocate the animal

    After catching the armadillo, it’s time to relocate it. Before handling the trap, make sure you wear hand gloves. Although very unlikely, armadillos are carriers of leprosy, so avoiding direct contact is important – and that’s what the hand gloves are for.

    If relocation is permitted in your district, take the cage to at least 5 miles away from the capture site and release it. Try releasing the animal near a stream or river.

    Step 7: Prevent future infestation.

    First off, you need to seal off the burrows dug by the armadillo with gravel to prevent other wildlife from residing there.

    Then you need to remove attractants from your yard. And this all boils down to reducing the worm and insect population in your yard. To do that, avoid over-watering your lawn. Also, ensure you trim your lawn regularly. And you can always make use of insecticide to kill excess worms.

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