Armadillos are very odd looking and resourceful animals. They are not known to carry any diseases and are not aggressive. They won’t pick fights with your pets or chase your three-year-old around the yard.
What they will do is mess up your yard or garden by burrowing holes in them. They do this in search of their favorite meals of grubs and insects. Timon and Pumba have got nothing on them.
They have these hardened plates that cover their bodies, but despite that, they can move surprisingly fast and are very good swimmers. Their eyesight and hearing is pretty poor, but they make up for it by having an amazing sense of smell.
Armadillos have very low-fat storage and low metabolic rate too, this means that they do not like the cold. That is another reason they like to burrow in and sleep under the warm earth. So, how do you know when these weird burrowers infest you?
HOW TO IDENTIFY AN ARMADILLO INFESTATION
Appearance – Armadillos have nine or ten horizontal bands that run down their bone casing for flexibility. They possess short legs and long claws for digging. The casing that armadillos have been hard and shiny and serve to protect against predators. They also have bony plating on their heads and on their tails too. An armadillo is normally about the same size as a small dog or medium-sized house cat and weighs between 10 to 18 pounds. Their color comes in varying shades of gray.
Behavior – Armadillo problems typically start with burrows around your house, flowers in your garden get uprooted or munched on, your beautiful lawn gets pockmarked with little holes. They are insectivores, and as such dig for food, in addition to looking for protection and living quarters. Armadillos are typically nocturnal so spying these burrowers roaming around your house at night might signify an armadillo problem.
Burrows- Armadillos are very industrious, and can create around 10-15 burrows within a 10-acre piece of land. This could easily cause damage to your property and housing foundation. These burrows usually measure about 8 inches wide and can be up to 14 feet deep. Seeing these holes around your house is a strong indication that you have armadillos in your yard.
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE ARMADILLOS
You are seeing signs of the presence of an armadillo on your property and you are wondering how they got there. Here is how:
– Armadillos are constantly on the hunt for food (insects and grubs under your lawn), shelter, and protection (holes under your lawn), and if your lawn has enough cover (like low lying bushes, woodpiles, brush) for them to burrow unobserved, then they will come around without even a how do you do and start digging.
– While having Armadillos around may look like a good way to rid yourself of other pests, if your property allows for space and you do not have a fence to keep them out, armadillos may take up residence where you would rather they didn’t.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR ARMADILLO PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
They are mostly harmless, you could even call them cute, but you might not want them in your yards. Here are a few reasons:
– If an armadillo infestation is left unattended, you could risk the foundation of your building becoming compromised. You can also get cracked sidewalks and driveways from underlying burrows.
– An unnoticed burrow could lead to mild to serious injuries if accidentally stepped into, especially for children or older people.
– When their numbers become too high, armadillos are frequently killed by vehicles which pose a health hazard and sanitation nuisance.
HOW TO HANDLE ARMADILLO INFESTATION
Armadillo infestations can be difficult to manage, especially if you want to do it on your own. That is why it is best handed over to pest control professionals for armadillo treatment. Our experts are conversant with the behavior and habits of armadillos and as such can tailor their solutions to your particular infestation situation.
They will help you reclaim your yard back from these burrowing pests safely and without disruption of your life in any way. Reach out to one of our local pest control experts today to solve your Armadillo infestation problem.
TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER ARMADILLO PROBLEM
After you have been rid of these plated pests, it is important to put some measures in place to keep them out and prevent a re-infestation. This is especially important in this case because armadillos are natural wanderers, as you are getting rid of one group, another might be waiting to move in. The following tips that can help you do just that:
– Construct a fence around your property but you have to make sure that the fence goes down by at least one foot. This is to discourage the armadillos from burrowing under it. The fence does not have to be too tall but it should be angled at about 40-45 degrees. This makes it harder for the pest to hop it.
– Fill in all the existing holes that the previous occupants have made because that might attract a new set of unwanted tenants to come around and re-infest your yard.
– You can use their superb sense of smell against them by placing several strong-smelling substances around your yard or in their burrows like ammonia, mothballs, pine cones, vinegar, and even human hair. This usually works to keep them away from your yard.
– Keeping an outdoor dog could help you keep armadillos out of your yard. They don’t particularly like the smell of dogs. This coupled with the dog’s barking could serve as a deterrent.