How to Get Rid of Armadillos in the Yard and Garden
There's nothing more frustrating than armadillos turning up your yard and garden in search of bugs, leaving you with a mess to clean up. Hours and hours of hard work are spent tending to lawns and gardens each year, and there are several good methods for removing the destrutive armadillo and securing your lawn from nuisance wildlife damage in the future. Keep reading to find out more about armadillo removal in the yard and garden.
Observing Armadillos in the Yard and Garden
Observe the armadillos and the damage they are causing. Are they looking for bugs, or are they eating the fruit and vegetables you are growing in your garden? In the case of the latter, you may have a different type of animal altogether, or you might have both! Either way, the exclusion methods I will go over will probably help some on both fronts, leaving you to fill in a few gaps, literally and figuratively. Write down your observations so that you can refer to them later if you speak to a wildlife removal sepcialist, or for when you are putting together your exclusion plan.
Excluding Armadillos in the Yard and Garden
Fencing in your yard and/or garden can help keep all types of critters from entering the space. Placing plastic spikes around the garden is a good option if you already have a fence, or you can even elevate your garden with elevated planters. This will not work on well established gardens, so try the fencing or spikes first. If you already have a fence, it's not doing its job and will be in need of repair if armadillos are getting in. Repair can include replacing broken panels, filling in gaps and holes, and using dirt or pavers to cover tunnels underneath the fenceline used by the armadillos.
Trapping Armadillos in the Yard and Garden
Use a live trap if you don't want to clean up a dead animal. Before you do, make sure that it's legal in your area to trap the species of armadillo that you have. If you are unsure, consult Fish & Game officials or U.S. Wildlife services guides that pertain to your area. If you opt for a body grip or other lethal trap, know that you must remove this dead creature immediately to avoid attracting buzzards, insects, and worms that love to munch on animal carcasses.