The Q&A Archives: Armadillos

Question: We are having a hard time getting rid of armadillos, they are tearing up the lawn. We have tried all kinds of insect control, since that's what they are after, and nothing seems to work. They are the biggest nuisance I have ever dealt with. Thank you

Answer: Nina,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

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.

The following website will also be helpful:

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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