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How To Kill An Armadillo
Armadillos are a species that aren’t native to North America, but since they were introduced to the continent their population has grown significantly. When armadillos get into urban areas they can actually be a bit of a nuisance, as they are known for digging and rooting in gardens and lawns, and will also dig through garbage to try and find some scraps of food. An armadillo problem isn’t a nice thing to have, and many people will want to kill these animals to deliver a permanent solution to the problem, but this is often easier said than done.
One of the solutions that many people will think of when they are trying to deal with an animal problem is poison, but this is generally a bad way to try and deal with a pest animal. Actually laying the poison isn’t particularly difficult as the armadillo is quite predictable in its behavior, as it will usually be digging in the garden and will also root through garbage. The thing is, armadillos only eat live worms and grubs that they dig out of the ground. There is absolutely no chance to get an armadillo to eat any kind of poison. Another problem with poison is that it will often be placed in an area where it can attract other animals, and when it is eaten by the non-target raccoon or possum, it will often look for refuge and become a different type of problem in your yard or in another confined space such as under a porch.
Shooting An Armadillo
As with many pest animals, the armadillo is very much a nocturnal animal which makes it much more difficult to shoot. Although they may not appear to be very fast, an armadillo can be very quick if it decides to flee, although sometimes it will try to crouch under its distinctive amour. The armadillo is not particularly known for carrying disease, but the mess and blood spatter caused by shooting will often be a problem too, as the scent will often attract other pest animals to where the armadillo was shot.
Lethal Traps For Armadillos
Trapping an armadillo isn’t the easiest thing to do, as the type of lethal traps used will have to be very strong because of the amour on the animal. They are also difficult to bait to attract an armadillo, and will often kill animals apart from armadillos by mistake.
The other problem with killing an armadillo in this way is that you will have to deal with the carcass, and because it is not a native species there are many different state laws about the live and lethal trapping of the armadillo along with laws about killing them too. In many areas the disposal of the carcass may have to be done at a state facility, or it will have to be dealt with in a specific way.
Alternatives To Lethal Solutions
Having an armadillo in your area can be a pain, but it will rarely be a long term problem, as the armadillo doesn’t usually stay in one place for long periods. The fact that they are nocturnal also means that killing them involves either staying up late at night to kill them or to leave dangerous traps and poisons in an area where they aren’t supervised.
Many people will advocate trapping and removal of the armadillo, but this is often prohibited as the armadillo isn’t a native species. For this reason, using exclusion fencing and protecting your yard or garden is a good solution, and by embedding the fence into the ground it will mean the armadillos won’t be able to burrow their way in to your garden. Alternatively, simple steps like keeping garbage in a garage or shed can often be enough to deter the armadillo from returning to your yard.
One good reason to consider removing armadillos is because I've heard that armadillos eat baby sea turtle eggs in Florida.
More in-detail how-to armadillo removal articles:
Information about armadillo trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to keep armadillos away - prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch an armadillo - by hand or with special snares.
Information about armadillo repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.
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