Armadillos can be a nuisance for people who love gardening. These nocturnal creatures can dig up a garden whilst searching for worms and insects to feed on. Additionally, they can even dig their burrows beneath a home and end up destroying the foundation of a home. While it’s possible to use a deterrent or construct a fence to prevent armadillos from entering your house, the best way to eliminate them is via trapping and then relocating them in the wild.
To successfully trap an armadillo, you would have to discover the animal’s behaviour. Get to know what time it comes to your garden or comes out of its burrow and what path it takes everyday. This will let you formulate your plan accordingly.
Normally, armadillos are most active late in the evening and early hours of the morning. So, it is going to require that you stay up and forget about getting a restful night’s sleep. Also, check the local laws. In some jurisdictions, it is illegal to trap armadillos.
The trap that you get ought to be strong and sturdy as armadillos are known to bend metal rods of traps. It’s advisable to erect barriers on both sides of the trap and also along the path leading to it. Make sure they are a minimum of 12 inches apart and needs to be parallel to each other such as the walls of a corridor. The ends of the barrier should be connected to the entrance of the trap.
It’s your choice whether you would like to use a bait or not. Some people like placing insects or worms at the trap to lure the armadillo inside. There are others who believe that since armadillos dig their food from the soil, placing a bait within a trap could be ineffective. You can also consider adding dirt in the trap to make it look more inviting. It’s recommended that you lay more than one trap at various places along the path that the armadillo takes. This will ensure success.
After the armadillo is ensnared, relocate it to the woods where there is a water source close by. However, be certain that you do not touch the armadillo with your bare hands as they take the leprosy-causing bacterium, rabies virus and salmonella. Use protective gear to handle the armadillo.