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Armadillos are funny looking creatures – thanks to their gloomy faces. Although they are docile and sleep for about 20 hours a day, they are excellent burrowers. It takes them less than 15 minutes to burrow into the earth and get completely out of sight. Do you know that they can reach top speeds exceeding that of Usain Bolt? So much for these weird-looking critters.

The major problem associated with armadillos is their unending drive to dig. They primarily do this to obtain their yummy food – worms, grubs, and insects. Their poor eyesight is compensated for by their great sense of smell which guides them to food sources. Also, they dig holes so that they can easily retreat into them when faced with danger. In this post, we’ll look at some problems caused by armadillos and how to remove them from your property.

Problems Associated with Armadillos

1) Seal Up Entry Points

In their quest for food, armadillos can dig large tunnels under a house, pipeline, or concrete floor. All these cause damage and severely undermine the structural integrity of your building. Similarly, they create small holes all over the lawn, disfiguring the landscape.

2) Sickness

Unfortunately, some armadillos are known to carry the bacteria, Mycobacterium leprae, which is responsible for Hansen’s disease (Leprosy). There are actual documented cases of infections from armadillos in the Southern United States. Although the risk of contracting the disease is very low, it is best to avoid contact with armadillos whenever possible.

Armadillo Capture Process

1) Inspection

As with all wildlife removal processes, the first step is to fully inspect your property. This will help to determine where the armadillos are coming from and where they are residing. It will also help in developing an effective trapping and prevention plan.

2) Trapping

Because of their primary diet, it is almost impossible to kill armadillos with poison. They wouldn’t eat it! Similarly, repellents are highly ineffective when it comes to catching armadillos. The best method to employ is trapping.

When trapping armadillos, no bait is used. Instead, success ultimately lies in setting the traps along the path of the armadillo so it can walk inside. This is easier said than done. It requires a thorough understanding of an armadillo’s behavior to effectively camouflage the trap and set it correctly. Sometimes, it helps to use a temporary barrier to create a funneling system that will guide the animal into the trap. This usually works because armadillos are not intelligent and seem to pay trivial attention to their surroundings. Thereafter, it’s a matter of checking the traps daily until it gets captured. After which relocation follows.

However, before trapping is done, it is advised to check with state laws regarding the capture and relocation of armadillos.

3) Prevention

The first step is to eliminate their sources of food. This can also be achieved by special repellents that will make the worms, grubs, and insects less appetizing to them.

Another great way to repel armadillos from your property is by fencing it. Since armadillos are great burrowers, the fence has to extend underground so that they can’t dig past it.

Conclusion

Although not native to the United States, armadillos have adapted well in the southern states, primarily of Florida and Texas. In the quest for food, they burrow through unwanted areas, causing discomfort for many homeowners. Though difficult to remove, they can be captured if trapped correctly. That’s why you should consider a professional armadillo removal service.

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Damages Armadillos Can Cause to Your Home

Armadillos are among the most unique nuisance animals in the United States. That’s why armadillo removal is very crucial. While they might be interesting, they certainly are a nuisance in many parts of the country. Many people do not realize how much damage armadillos can actually cause to your home and property. Continue reading to learn more about the damages armadillos cause and how you can keep these critters away for good.

Foundations

While the armadillo might not cause any damage directly to homes, it causes several different problems solely from its destructive digging habits. One of the most serious damages armadillos can cause to your home is weakening the foundation. When armadillos dig, they often like to dig alongside or underneath structures. When these structures are homes and buildings, it can have serious consequences. As the ground is removed from around the foundation, this leads to increased stress and pressure on the foundation with nothing to give it support. Over time, this will lead to a gradual deterioration of the foundation, eventually culminating in a failure. The size and scope of the failure can vary widely, but it will usually be a very expensive fix. In addition, it could cause further damage to the rest of the foundation as it is left supporting more weight.

Pipes and Cables

In a similar vein as the foundation of your home or building, the pipes and cables below ground can also be damaged. When armadillos dig, they often dig indiscriminately, looking for a food source of any kind. When they happen to dig around pipes and cables, it can lead to some serious problems. The armadillo could begin messing with the pipe or cable, or enough stress or pressure could come onto the pipe or cable that would cause it to fail eventually. Either way, it can spell big problems.

Sidewalks & Driveways

Similar to the problem with foundations, sidewalks and driveways can also be damaged by armadillos. When these critters decide to tunnel underneath the concrete structures, it can cause the cement to be heaved up on one side and sink on the other. Or, it could take a while longer, but it could cause cracks which will eventually end up leading to a crumbling sidewalk or driveway. 

Yard Problems

In addition to the problems above which primarily affect your home, there are many more problems caused by armadillos that will damage your yard. If armadillos invade your yard, you will begin to notice many half-foot-deep holes that are pockmarked all around your yard. While this is not a huge deal, many people want their yards to look nice. In addition, any fruits, vegetables, or flowers you plant may be uprooted by armadillos on their hunt for food. Since these critters love to burrow, it can create many problems dealing with your home and your yard.

How can I remove armadillos?

Removing an armadillo here and there can be an easy enough task for most homeowners. It usually involves using a live armadillo trap and setting it upright in front of the burrows you find. This should usually be enough to catch most small-scale armadillo problems when they start. If there are many armadillos or you cannot seem to control the problem, it would likely be a good time to begin calling a professional wildlife removal service so that the problem does not get bigger and bigger.

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How to Get Armadillos Out From Under A House

Armadillos are among the most common pests encountered by homeowners all over the United States. This is why, in our years of experience with A+ Animal Solutions, we’ve racked up more than our fair share of armadillo stories. Luckily for everyone involved, we’ve also come up with quite a few methods and techniques for getting rid of armadillos safely and humanely.

In this post, we thought we’d share with you our plan for getting an armadillo out from underneath a house, shed, deck, and so on. 

First off, why should you get the armadillo out?

Armadillos aren’t generally dangerous pests on your property, as they are not known for their aggressive nature. They much prefer keeping to themselves, and probably won’t bother you directly, as long as they’ve got water and food for themselves. Visit armadillocontrol.com to learn more about how to control them.

However, there’s the problem – because in order to get food, they will dig up these great big holes in your garden, and often under your property, which can cause obvious problems a little later on. This is why you want to remove armadillos from underneath a structure as swiftly as possible. In doing so, however, it’s important to keep in mind that these creatures are not here to harm you, and so you should try and temper your anger towards them.

How can you get armadillos out from under the house?

We at A+ Animal Solutions have encountered all sorts of interesting methods employed both by ourselves, as well as by DIY homeowners over the years, all to some degree of success.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many armadillo removal methods, as is the case with other wildlife intruders. Some homeowners found it useful toward the armadillo out using natural repellents. While armadillos are known for their poor eyesight and sense of hearing, they make up for it with their excellent sense of smell. This is why it’s natural to assume that a great way to get them out is by using strong smells against them.

One commonly used ingredient, that most of you probably have inside your home already, is castor oil. Chiefly known for its many beauty uses, castor oil is often used in the wildlife removal world to naturally ward off unwanted wildlife intruders. It has a strong, unpleasant odor which is said to repel armadillos, as well as other wildlife. So you might try to mix equal parts castor oil with dishwasher liquid and water and use it to soak the area where the armadillo’s dwelling is. 

However, that’s pretty much the only DIY armadillo removal method that we, at A+ Animal Solutions, know of, since other common methods (effective for other animals) have had little success against armadillos.

So your next stop should be either a specialty store, to get yourself a steel cage, in order to trap the armadillo yourself, or, failing that, you could give a call to a professional wildlife removal specialist. 

Since trapping a wild animal is a fairly difficult, unpleasant, and sometimes even dangerous process, many homeowners prefer calling in a professional, such as A+ Animal Solutions. As mentioned, we’ve had years of hands-on experience getting rid of pesky armadillos from human properties. What’s more, we always do it safely and humanely, without harming the animal in the removal process, since that’s only fair.

Of course, you could attempt trapping the armadillo yourself. In order to do this, you’ll want to place the trap in the armadillo’s natural way, then use wooden planks or boards to gently steer the armadillo towards the open trap. When we say trap, of course, we are referring to a non-lethal one that will then allow you to safely relocate the animal to an area where it won’t be able to bother anyone else.

What to do next…

This is where a professional removal service like A+ Animal Solutions comes in really handy, as we are equipped to deal with the exclusion aftermath. It’s important to identify what attracted the armadillo in the first place, and then make sure you remove that, to avoid future invasions.

It’s also really important to fix and seal the space where the armadillo was, to make sure you don’t accidentally attract another one!