Frequently Asked Questions – Armadillos

Over the years we have been asked  a lot of questions regarding armadillos and how to control them. We thought we would address them so that everyone can benefit. We hope you find this reader-requested Q&A beneficial.

Why do you think armadillos were made?

Well, that’s a tough one because very few people are fond of this hard shelled creature. But, armadillos eat insects like grubs and earthworms, which are their favorite.  Though earthworms are generally thought of as beneficial, but all other lawn insects are definite pests and armadillos help to control them.  But, the holes that are created by armadillos while searching for food often become habitat for other wildlife.

When are armadillos a problem?

Armadillos are a problem as soon as you notice their presence whether it be from a sighting, spotting their burrow or just noticing the damage they have caused to your lawn or flower beds. Action should be taken immediately.

Why did the armadillos pick my property? 

Unfortunately, if you are experiencing an armadillo problem that is not your only problem. Armadillos seek places that have an abundant food supply, i.e insect larvae, grubs, earthworms, etc., and a conducive place to set up shelter, other wise he or she  would not be there. The food source is the main reason and should be addressed in conjunction with trapping and removing the animal so others do not invade.

Why do I need to get rid of armadillos?

Because armadillos will destroy your landscaping and kill not only your grass but also your plants and trees.  No, he isn’t eating the plants, he is burrowing, digging furrows and scratching holes in a search for food. Even trees are not safe to damage caused by armadillos as these living armored creatures will burrow right through root systems.

Nothing will stop him:  annuals, plants, shrubs, trees, even sidewalks and structures . While having your landscape destroyed is bad, having concrete slabs undermined, foundations weakened or having your pool cracked is worse and believe it or not these hard shelled, active, wild animals can and will do just that.

When is the best time to get rid of armadillos?

Armadillo can be professionally trapped and removed anytime during the year.  If you start to notice a lot of digging or other property damage you should call a professional trapper  right away.

Where do armadillos live?

Nine-banded armadillos, which is the only species native to North America, are commonly found all over the Southeast United States, with Florida being one of the main states. Armadillos prefer to live in areas wirer the soil is easy to dig, where there is water near by and where there is a place that they can seek shelter, i.e. shrubs, foundations, etc. Having  sharp, strong claws makes them excellent diggers for “setting up camp” whoever they choose. This is often seen under shrubs, against houses, and around A/C and pool equipment.

I think I may have an issue with an Armadillo but I’m not sure, how can I tell?

If you have started noticing wide, shallow holes or burrows in your lawn or flower beds it is most likely being caused by an armadillo. You will notice that plants and flowers will be uprooted or disturbed , but not eaten. In your flower beds the landscaping material will appear to have been rooted around and you will most likely find a prominent bigger style burrow, which is where they sleep during the day, along your property.

Who do I call to help me rid myself of this unwanted armadillo?

You want to call a professional trapper. In order to trap, remove and relocate an armadillo a license through the state is required.

 Are there any health risks of associate with armadillos being on my property?

 Armadillos are one of the only known carriers of the bacteria mycobacterium leprae, which causes leprosy.  They also carry tapeworm and salmonella, which are transmitted to humans through fecal matter which because they are digging throughout your entire property can be wide spread.

When do armadillos breed? 

Armadillos breed in July, yet delay the gestational period for five months, which sets a birth date around February or March. They always have 4 identical babies, this is due to the fact that only one egg is fertilized and separates out into four.