Problems: Most armadillo damage occurs when the animals root in lawns, flower beds and vegetable gardens. They may also damage driveways and house foundations by burrowing underneath.
Food sources: Armadillos eat grubs, earthworms, mole crickets and other invertebrates that live in the soil. Armadillos are only active at night or on cloudy days. They make numerous shallow holes while rooting for their food, very similar to what a pig would do.
Prevention and control: The use of a good granular insecticide such as DeltaGard will also help because this destroys the insects they feed on but will not harm birds or pets.
A fence that is sufficiently buried will also keep armadillos out of a yard. If the armadillos are there now shooting is the best control solution. Not everybody can or wants to shoot an animal however. In that case the second best armadillo control is a live animal trap. The Raccoon size live animal trap is the correct trap to use in trapping armadillos. This trap can also be used to catch opossums, cats, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, etc. If possible set the trap directly in front of the animal's burrow. If set in the feeding area, use a ball of earthworms placed inside a nylon sock and hung in the back of the cage. The front entrance should be partially buried in dirt or covered with leaves (armadillos have sensitive feet and will not touch the steel cage). Funneling the armadillo into the cage also helps. Use 2 or more 1 x 12 boards on each side of the cage to funnel the animal into the live animal trap.
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