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Armadillos: What You Should Know

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AAAC Wildlife Removal understands how alarming it can be to see a creature that’s supposed to way out into nature more, well, at arm’s length. In your backyard, or worse yet, in your home. We’ve compiled some fun facts and what to do if you may require armadillo removal services.

Armadillo Facts and Stats

Armadillos are western mammals known for their unique armor-like shell and also for their digging habits. They originated in South America, and a few species of armadillos have expanded northward due to their rapid breeding cycle, adaptability, and fewer predators.      

 Armadillos dig for their food and shelter, so they are generally attracted to regions with loose and porous soil. Their powerful claws can dig numerous burrows and look for refuge from extreme weather or predators. An armadillo burrow is about seven to eight feet wide and up to 15 feet deep.   

They are omnivores, which implies that they can eat meat and plants. An armadillo’s diet consists mostly of insects and larvae, including ants, beetles, termites and other bugs they catch with their long, sticky tongue after digging them out of the ground. They also eat plants, eggs, small vertebrates, and some fruits. They will seek out dead animals from time to time.  

Should I Be Worried If I See an Armadillo on My Property?

Though armadillos are not aggressive and typically will flee human encounters, improper handling of injured or trapped creatures can lead to injuries. However, armadillos can create major problems for homeowners, gardeners, farmers, and anyone who may find it annoying to see one of these animals roaming around the yard. 

While seeking shelter, they will damage lawns and gardens. They can even destroy the root system and the foundations of a building with their tunneling. It doesn’t take them much time to dig up a large patch of land.      

Though armadillos will eat vegetables and can ruin your garden, their primary source of food is worms and grubs. They can dig around and sometimes through concrete foundations, water, and sewer lines and even your telephone lines. Often, holes made underneath the house can lead to cracks in the walls and foundations.   

What Should I Do If I Encounter an Armadillo Near or In My Home?

Avoid confronting the animal, as it may be injured or ill. Call a wildlife removal specialist to humanely trap and remove the creature. These specialists can also give tips and tricks to help “shore up” your home, garage or garden areas to prevent armadillo damage in the future. They can also assist in the removal of dead armadillos.

For help with humane armadillo removal and control, contact the trained professionals at AAAC Wildlife Removal of (location name).

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