Armadillos are known for their tough outer shell and quite sharp claws. They are really strong diggers and prefer places that are sandy or near water as they can dig more readily there. Armadillos are extremely determined and will find their way through many substances. They rely largely on their capacity to hear and smell when searching for grubs and worms. This is why they’re associated with pockets all around the exterior of peoples’ homes.
As a direct result of the armadillos burrowing and rooting while feeding, they are known as pests to folks who like to garden or maintain a lawn. They’ll dig tiny holes throughout the lawn in search of grubs and worms. Their burrows around the perimeter of buildings may be recognizable and may result in a significant amount of damage to the property. They can dig a hole as deep as 10-20 ft beneath a structure resulting in damaged or cracked foundations, and of course the destruction caused to any underground pipes or wires.
Although they are not a significant risk for transmitting diseases or pathogens, their low body temperatures cause them vulnerable to a plethora of ailments. Again, the very low body temperature makes them more at risk for the illness. This isn’t a concern unless their meat is eaten raw or handled without appropriate hand-washing techniques. This is generally not a problem for most people.
Trapping and removing armadillos out of the property is the only solution to the problems they create. Unlike Squirrel Removal, armadillos do not respond to lure, which makes it a little more difficult to coax into a trap. With just a little patience and sufficient experience, they can be correctly removed. Most prove to be unsuccessful, such as the very common use of moth balls. Moth balls aren’t effective at deterring armadillos although they are excellent human deterrents. The first step in discouraging armadillos out of the yard should be to rid the area of their main attractant and food source: grubs and bugs. This may be accomplished by using pesticides or calling your regional pest professional. Since they mostly make their way around by scent, homes that have dogs seem to be less affected by armadillos.