Quick Armadillo Facts
- Average Life Span: 12-15 years in captivity
- The nine-banded armadillo is the only species in the United States
- Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one”
- Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats due to their low metabolic rate and lack of fat stores
- Diet: Omnivore
- Baby armadillos are called "pups"
- Armadillos produce a musky odor that becomes stronger when they feel threatened
Is Your Nuisance Animal An Armadillo?
Armadillo Facts You Should Know
Armadillos are digging machines. They can cause serious damage to property in the search for finding insects and grubs to eat. They have a great sense of smell to find the bugs that live deep in the soil, and will dig dozens of holes in your yard each night they come to eat.
Information on Armadillos: havahart® Armadillo Removal Solutions
Armadillo Removal Techniques — Live Trapping
The best way to get an armadillo off your property is to trap and remove it. You first want to be sure that you have the proper sized trap such as the Havahart® Large 1-Door Easy Set® Trap to capture your armadillo – they are the size of a cat once full grown.
Humane armadillo traps come in a variety of styles.
All Havahart® traps are constructed of sturdy rust-resistant wire mesh with steel reinforcements and rounded edges to protect the animal and you from harm.
Armadillos don’t have the best eyesight, so in order to successfully trap, you need to create a funnel into the trap. Try using two wood boards positioned on both sides of the trap door opening to lead the armadillo in. If you’re using worms or maggots as bait, put them in a nylon to prevent them from escaping from the trap
Use a small plate to place the bait at the end of the live trap. Havahart® recommends the following baits:
- Meal worms
- Spoiled Meat
- Rotten Eggs
- Overripe fruit
Expert Armadillo Removal Tips
- Armadillos don’t have the best eyesight, so in order to successfully trap, you need to create a funnel into the trap; try using two wood boards positioned on either side of the trap door opening
- Placement of traps is extremely important in trapping armadillos. The best trap placements are the active burrow or along natural barriers and fences such as the wall of patios, building edges, or fallen trees
- If you’re using worms or maggots as bait, put them in a nylon to prevent them from escaping from the trap
- Be sure to check the trap often for your catch and release the armadillo as soon as possible
- We recommend taking the armadillo to a wooded or grassy area 2-3 miles away to prevent them from returning
- Remember, after your unwanted guest is gone, it’s important to fill in the burrow to avoid another animal taking up residence
Use this information about armadillos to get rid of these nuisance critters effectively and humanely!