Friday, June 19, 2015

Armadillos Dug Up Rose Garden

I learned about armadillo when a mother decided to bring her babies into my yard and dig up my lawn and rose gardens. They were foraging in grubs and other soil insects in my yard and gardens. Know that after she and the kids had a field day with my rose bushes my mind was made up and armadillos were not welcomed into my yard.

Here is a card I found at zazzle that will show you what an armadillo looks like.  I would share with you a photo but I did not get a good capture. 

I knew squat about how to get rid of them so I contacted animal control and they directed me to the conversations office. There they had me take a class on trapping armadillos and said they would assist me on relocating the armadillos after they were trapped.

What I learned is that they have bad eyesight and that I would need to herd them into the trap with boards. Know that I was fearful of doing this because it was a mother and naturally she would want to protect her babies. The last thing I wanted to do was provoke her because a bite would mean not only rabies shots but also treatment for leprosy which consists of antibiotic treatment for up to 3 years.

To remedy my problem with the armadillos husband said he would put up a fence so I could wave goodbye to the armadillos.  If you have this lawn and garden pest in your yard, trapping is one way to get rid of them, but a fence is easy way to keep them out. Know that my brother did trap armadillos is his yard, he said that three of his buddies helped him.

If you want to get rid of the armadillo by trapping then buy a live animal trap to catch and release.  I found some reasonably priced traps  at or or you can contact your cities animal control and they may have an animal trap that you can borrow.  

Here is a video that will show you how to set up a trap for an armadillo, using the boards.  Know that my brother and his buddies did herd the pest into the trapping area. He told me that the armadillo tends to go where it wants.  

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