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Over the years there have been many products devised that are said to drive away pest animals, and as a notorious digger with a passion for ruining lawns and undermining foundations, the armadillo definitely qualifies as a pest animal. One of the most creative animal repellents created is the high pitched sound deterrent machines, which emits a tone that cannot be heard by human ears that is said to be insufferable to animals. This would be great if it were true, but unfortunately these devices are as effective against armadillos as they are against other pests, and the best bet is to look for an alternative way of solving the problem.
The Problem With Using These Devices
The key to any effective repellent device is that it needs to be something that is genuinely painful or insufferable for animals, and despite the marketing attempts, an audio device really doesn't work because it can be ignored by the animals. There is a lot of slick marketing that has led to these devices being sold across the country, but when it comes to getting rid of pest animals then the old ways are the best.
Intermittent Sound Devices
This is one type of high pitch sound deterrent device that is on the market, and it is usually fitted with a motion sensor that will be triggered when the armadillo or other animal moves in the area before the device. This will then trigger a short burst of high pitched noise that is said to drive these animals away. Because they are not using energy all the time, these are usually battery operated.
Permanent Tone Producing Devices
The other type of audio repellent device is one which produces a constant tone, so whether the animal is already resident or simply digging his first tunnel, the noise should drive the armadillo away. Although these devices are mains operated, sadly they are no more effective than the other type of device.
How Trapping Can Solve Your Armadillo Problem
Because of the hard carapace that protects most of the armadillo's body, there is no effective lethal trap to deal with armadillos, so the best option is to catch them and either remove them or kill them humanely. Armadillos regularly walk along the base of walls, so a trap set flush against the wall will usually be a good way of catching these animals.
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