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Armadillos are generally quite low down on the pecking order of pest animals, as they can be useful in helping to deal with insects, and do not generally cause too much trouble. That is unless they start to burrow near a shed or a domestic property, as these natural diggers can then quickly become a menace, as their natural instinct is to burrow among the roots of trees to create their dens. If you do find a nest of baby armadillos, it is important to be practical and proactive in dealing with the situation, and here are the first steps you can take.
Is The Nest In A Location That Compromises An Outbuilding Or Property's Foundations?
This is a very important fact to identify, as if the armadillo has been burrowing in a location that is likely to cause the building to subside, it is important to take immediate action. In this situation, it is best to call in a professional who will be able to remove the animals quickly and effectively, and also recommend the action taken, including a referral to someone who can tell you whether the hole can simply be filled in or needs to have some repair or support before being filled in.
Try To Reunite The Babies With The Mother
If the hole where the baby armadillos have been found is not in such a location, then the first step is to back off and to give the female armadillo some time to return to her young. Unless there are clear signs that the mother is dead near the nest, then you should give her around two hours before you take any further action, as orphaned armadillos are much less likely to survive than those reunited with the mother.
Removing The Armadillos
Once you have ensured that the mother isn't returning, prepare a box with a warm hot water bottle or a heating pad on the bottom of the box, and cover this in a soft towel. Then, while wearing gloves, gently move the baby armadillos into the box, placing them gently on the towel. Once done, they are ready to move. You should try to find a wildlife rehabilitator nearby, and then look to get the babies to them as quickly as possible, as this will give them the best possible chance of survival.
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