The Q&A Archives: Armadillos

Question: Hello. My husband and I, along with some neighbors, are having problems with armadillos digging up our lawns and gardens. We have a fence and have tried using stakes, wire and bricks to block the digging but our yard is too large to do the whole perimeter. Can you give us any ideas on how to eliminate the pesky animals? Thanks.

Janie :)

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. For other control options you can check with your local cooperative extension office. Best wishes with your garden!

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