You go out to your car and see all of your carefully planted bulbs knocked from the ground or missing. Half dollar sized holes are all through your carefully planted flower beds. You yard resembles an army of bad golfers came through during the night, leaving dozens of divots all around the area. What could do this much damage and how long does marijuana stay in your system?
This is the way most people discover they have an armadillo living near them. Armadillos are those tank like creatures you see from the side of the road. As their range has increased and they have moved further north, a growing number of folks are having problems with armadillos.
Armadillos have evolved into digging machines. They have large front claws and dig burrows in addition to digging for food. The armadillo has poor vision but can smell an insect a long way off. They’re 8-17 lbs, about the size of an opossum. Armadillos produce one litter a year comprising of four babies all the exact same sex. They’re born in a nest in the burrow.
Armadillos are seldom seen because they are primarily active at night throughout the summer. However, they may work throughout the day in the winter. They spend most of their time searching for insects. In actuality, 90% of their diet is insects, with the rest being berries and tender roots.
The problem comes once the armadillo smells an insect in your garden. She does not need the plant, however, digs it up so she can get to the insect beside it.
I planted a number of bulbs and when I come out the next morning to water them, they had been dug up or were missing. I recognized the holes as armadillo holes and placed four foot welded wire fencing around the replanted bulbs. The next morning, I could see holes all around the backyard, but none within the fence. Problem solved.
If fencing is not sensible, though, you have two options. You can shoot the armadillo, if you’re someplace that’s allowed and you can catch this, or you can trap it. I’d go with trapping it, myself. You can lure it with overripe fruit. Armadillos can be difficult to trap only because they do not follow a set routine.
It is also prohibited to release an armadillo on someone else’s property without written permission. Most pest control companies will come out for a fee and collect the armadillo so that you don’t need to do this yourself.