Armadillo Removal In Gainesville Florida
Do you have an armadillo digging up your lawn and landscaping? Has a large hole appeared on your property or around your homes foundation?
Armadillos are nocturnal mammals that feed on insects like ants, termites, grubs, and worms. To search for their food, they shove their snouts into the soil literally sniffing for their food up to 8 inches deep! The problem is that this causes extensive damage to expensive lawns and landscaping because of all the holes they create. Armadillos also dig burrows (sometimes up to 12) usually 7 feet deep and 25 feet long! These holes burrows can also become homes for snakes, skunks, and other unwanted wildlife
Another concern with armadillos is their ability to carry leprosy. This does not mean that all armadillos carry leprosy, they are just one of only a few animals that can carry it. In fact, in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported only 150 cases of leprosy in the United States, and none of these cases we officially linked to armadillos.
Armadillos are one of the more difficult animals to trap since they cannot be baited. With most wildlife, bait can be used to lure the animal into a trap. There is no such thing as armadillo bait. I’ve had people swear to me that worms (live and ground up), rotting bananas, and even cheeseburgers work! The University of Georgia did an experiment in 2005 testing 11 different armadillo baits. They ran this experiment for 1,332 nights (over 3.5 years), and the traps that they had baited never caught a single armadillo! Check out our blog article on armadillo baits for more information on that study.
What about armadillo repellents? The truth is that armadillo repellents just don’t work. It’s like snake oil or ocean front property in Arizona. Check out our blog for more information on armadillo repellents. The most effective way to remove an armadillo from your property is to call us and we will humanely trap it and relocate it.
The most effective way to prevent armadillos from tearing up your lawn and landscape is to keep it properly maintained and free of grubs and mole crickets. Hiring a professional lawn care company is the best option. Another option is to have exclusion barriers installed in areas that are attractive to armadillos. Some homeowners have even had us install exclusion barriers along their entire fence to keep armadillos out of their back yard. Unless it is absolutely necessary, we don’t recommend it due to the expense.
Armadillo Removal Pricing
We do not list prices for our services on our website. If you’re experiencing an armadillo problem, call our office and we will be happy to give you a firm price over the phone for trapping and removing the armadillo. If you would like a price for exclusion barriers to keep armadillos out in the future, we offer on-site inspections and estimates at no charge.
Related Blog Articles
What’s The Best Armadillo Bait?
If you’re looking for the best armadillo baits, visit our blog article “What’s The Best Armadillo Bait?”
How Do I Repel Armadillos?
There are many armadillo repellents available. Check out our blog article “Do Armadillo Repellents Work”
You can learn more about armadillos on our armadillo facts page.