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How to Keep Armadillos Away

Below is my advice regarding keeping armadillos away. However, if it proves ineffective in your case, you have the option to hire a Professional Wildlife Removal Company in your area to humanely trap and relocate the problem dillo. You may also email me with any questions you have.

Grubs, bugs, and worms, oh my! That’s what an armadillo is thinking when he sneaks into your yard and flower beds to wreak havoc. It’s true, there is no more motivation for property destruction other than the primal need to find food and consume it. This mission, however, when carried out its fullest extent, will leave your yard pock-marked and desolate, and most likely with an armadillo buried somewhere inside the carnage.

If we rewind this scenario back, we can see that it is far more beneficial to prevent an armadillo from entering a property than it is to remove an armadillo that has set up shop and intends to stay.

If food is the primary reason for an armadillo to come calling, then it makes sense to eliminate any food that would draw the animal to your property. Armadillos like grubs, insects, and worms. When a property becomes overrun with one of these food sources, armadillos come calling. Dark colored mulch attracts energy from the sun and creates a warm, moist environment that insects like. Using rocks or decorative gravel will often help decrease the amount of grubs in your yard. To manage the populations of insects and grubs that have gotten out of control, certain types of non-segmented worms, called nematodes, are available for purchase. Nematodes attack the grubs and insects armadillos love, thus eliminating the surplus of food from soil. However, most tests of nematode use for earthworm control, the primary food of dillos, has proven ineffective.

Once you stop feeding your armadillo loiterer, you have the option of installing a sturdy fence around your property. This fence should be solid and extend two to three feet underground. Armadillos can burrow quickly and easily, and anything less than two feet will not discourage them enough from tunneling into your yard. Lining your perimeter fence with strong-smelling odors will prevent an armadillo from even approaching. Ammonia-soaked towels are not really practical unless your neighbors also use them for decoration. If you just want to keep armadillos away from your garden, you only need to install a fence around the garden. If you want to keep them away from the whole yard and lawn, then you need to fence the entire property.

If this tactic doesn’t appeal to you, some people believe that castor oil can be applied to problem sections of the lawn or garden. The theory is that castor oil actually makes soil taste worse than it already does, thus chasing away pests that enjoy digging for their supper. However, I have personally tried this approach several times, and found that it has no effect on armadillo behavior. The castor oil just washes away, and the armadillos don't care.

Some people try to use mothballs to keep armadillos away, since the are are small enough that they can be sprinkled around the fence without being an eyesore. However, this commonly-used repellent does absolutely nothing to deter armadillos, and it in fact poisons the environment and is a human carcinogen. It'd be nice if there were a simple mothball deterrent or spray that worked, but that is absolutely not the case. Below is photographic proof that mothballs don't keep them away. The armadillo couldn't care in the least.

Ultrasonic units are available to try, though success rates are shown to be zero. Using a unique ultrasonic pulse, these armadillo deterrents attempt to work by emitting a frequency armadillos find unpleasant. The cost of ultrasonic units varies as much as the brands of product, but all of them are worth absolutely nothing, and have been ruled fraudulent by the FTC. Absolutely do not buy these products.

Knowing a little about armadillos will help you devise your own means of prevention. Armadillos are flight animals. When confronted, they do not usually become combative. They are wanderers, without any serious inclination to be territorial. Driven by a love of bugs, grubs, worms, and berries, armadillos want to eat, and want to find places plentiful in food. A strong sense of smell helps locate nutrition, but this can also be a hindrance if something emanating a foul stench is nearby. So you can attempt to use a big, aggressive dog, to chase them away, for example. Or maybe a powerful motion-sensitive water sprayer would do the trick to keep armadillos away. But I haven't tested the latter.

Please remember to use humane methods in armadillo prevention. While frustrating, a hole in the yard is not a reason to pull out the poisons, guns, knives, or inhumane, jawed traps. With no real desire to attack humans, armadillos are a pest that can be handled with gentle know-how. If you are ever in doubt, or frustrated to the point of armadillo massacre, please call in a professional pest remover. Don’t forget: patience, knowledge, and common sense will be your best weapons against this little, armored critter that enjoys grubs, bugs, and worms. There is a relatively cheap and easy solution. Just trap the armadillos in cage traps, and then relocate them far away from your property. That's it. That's the only effective way to keep away armadillos. But it works, and works very well. If you want to learn more about the process, click this link about how to trap an armadillo. Basically, you just need to set a large sturdy cage trap on the armadillo's path, or even right over the burrow. Make sure it's flush with the ground and doesn't rattle. No bait needed.

If you want to learn more about armadillo behavior and biology, go to may main armadillo removal page, where I describe techniques on how to keep armadillos away from the garden, yard, and flowerbeds.

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