The Q&A Archives: Armadillos Damaging Flower Beds

Question: An armadillo has burrowed under my impatiens and we have been unable to vacate him. Any suggestions?

Answer: Armadillos can damage plants by their digging and rooting activities as they search for earthworms and soil insects like grubs. They are especially troublesome in the dry summer when our moist lawns and landscapes offer soft digging and a good source of food. In order to prevent armadillo damage to your yard, your options are basically to fence the bumbling invaders out or to trap and relocate them elsewhere.

They can be captured in a standard "live trap". Place two boards in a "V" shape leading them into the entrance to the trap. Bait the trap with elbow macaroni cooked in beef bouillon. Set it alongside a fence, house or other structure where the armadillo tends to wander across the property, orienting it in the direction of their suspected path.

Good luck with the critter project!

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