If you live in one of the warmer climates in the United States, particularly in the Gulf Coast region, you may have to deal with an armadillo problem at some point. Armadillo literally means “little armored one” in Spanish, an appropriate name when you consider the critter’s tough, leathery shell that protects it against predators. Armadillos also have long, curved claws that enable them to forage for insects such as grub, beetles and termites, and to dig burrows that serve as their habitat. As you can imagine, excavating armadillos can cause extensive property damage. In my experience as an animal control professional, using humane repellents can be an effective way to thwart an armadillo invasion.
Armadillo Facts and Statistics
Here are a few more interesting facts about armadillos:
- While there are 20 known armadillo species, only one — the nine-banded armadillo — can be found in the U.S.
- A threatened