Armadillos are known for their hard outer shell and sharp claws. They are extremely strong diggers and favor places that are sandy or close to water since they may dig more easily there. Armadillos are extremely determined and will find their way through most materials. They rely mostly on their ability to hear and smell when searching for grubs and worms. This is why they’re associated with holes all over the outside of peoples’ homes.
As an immediate result of armadillos burrowing and rooting while feeding, they are known as pests to people who like to garden or maintain a lawn. They will dig small holes across the yard searching for grubs and worms. Their burrows around the perimeter of buildings are easily recognizable and may result in a significant amount of harm to the house. They can dig a hole as deep as 10-20 feet under a structure resulting in damaged or cracked foundations, not to mention the destruction caused to any underground pipes or wires.
Even though they’re not a significant risk for transmitting diseases or pathogens, their low body temperatures cause them susceptible to a host of ailments. They’re used in laboratory studies for leprosy research. Again, the low body temperature makes them more at risk for the illness. This isn’t a concern unless their meat is consumed raw or handled without appropriate hand-washing techniques. This is typically not an issue for most people.
Trapping and removing armadillos off the property is the only remedy to the issues they cause. Unlike other animals, armadillos don’t respond to bait, making it a little more challenging to coax into a trap. They can, however, be eliminated by the strategic positioning of directional obstacles on or around the burrow site. With just a little patience and sufficient experience, they can be correctly removed. There are lots of deterrents on the market designed to rid you of your armadillo problems. Most prove to be unsuccessful, like the very common use of moth balls. Moth balls are not capable of deterring armadillos although they’re excellent human deterrents. The very first step in discouraging armadillos out of your yard should be to rid the area of their main attractant and food source: grubs and bugs. This can be accomplished by utilizing pesticides or calling your local pest professional. Since they primarily find their way around by odor, houses that have dogs appear to be less affected by armadillos.