Armadillos are relatively recent immigrants into the American south and southeast. Their population has spread rapidly in the few decades they’ve been in the United States, and they have already taken over nearly all of the non-desert areas of the southern half of the nation. Most commonly seen as road kill, armadillos are also pests that can ruin extensive amounts of outside space with the digging and burrowing they do to hunt for food.
The most common variety found in america is the nine-banded armadillo. They are protected by a hard outer armor that looks a bit like a shell. They have long claws that are optimized for digging, they extensively do in their search for insects, their chief source of food. ‘Dillos have strong noses that can smell an insect through 8 inches of soil, and they are not shy about chasing after a meal. They are mostly nocturnal animals who reside in burrows when they are not out digging up insects. In Your Lawn, Digging Up Everything
In the wild, armadillos are typically not an issue for people. They are solitary animals who really don’t seek contact with people when they can avoid it. When they make their way in your garden or yard, however, they become a massive issue! A hungry’dillo can rip up your landscaping and destroy all of your hard work. They’ll also create burrows to hide out in, leaving gaping holes in your lawn. Not as Dangerous as They Look
Regardless of the big and scary claws, armadillos really aren’t dangerous because they want nothing to do with you. Needless to say, when you go out of your way to handle one, you can easily get swiped by their strong claws and end up in a world of hurt. Just remember that armadillos are wild animals, and they’ll do whatever they believe is necessary to keep themselves safe if they feel threatened. Usually, this means running away, but if you force a physical confrontation, they will do what they can to escape, such as ripping you up or biting you. Leprosy
Armadillos are among the few animals outside of humans that may carry leprosy. There’s not a high risk of people catching leprosy from these animals, because contact is limited, but the risk does exist, so be careful. Remove Your Problem
It can be difficult for an amateur to maintain their yards safe from these insect hunters. Fences are easy for them to burrow under, and odor deterrents either wash off or take excessive effort to correctly implement. Your very best bet for removing and excluding armadillos from your yard or house is to call Palm Beach Gardens Bat Removal. These pest control experts will have the ability to safely remove and relocate your pesky armored intruder. Once your pesky visitor is gone, your pest control experts can make recommendations on how to successfully keep any future intruders out of your yard and away from the house.