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Keeping Armadillos at Bay
There are many reasons that you may not want armadillos hanging around your home or yard. Armadillos can cause extreme amounts of damage to property with their burrowing. Although many will say that the best way to rid you of them is to relocate them, there are ways of repelling them altogether. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about how to get rid of the animal and instead keep it from coming around altogether? Here are a few tips to warding these ambling creatures out of your yard and garden.
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Garlic doesn’t only work on vampires; it works on armadillos as well. Planting garlic plants along the outsides of your property will often stop them from moving any further in. You can also use dried cayenne pepper in areas that you notice the presence of the animals. This is usually defined by small holes that are up to 3” deep and 5” wide. Both the garlic and the peppers can be used together and are recommended for vegetable gardens.
Armadillos have an enhanced sense of smell. For this reason, ammonia and mothballs are not tolerable to their sensitive nostrils. Sprinkling these around the perimeter of your land or property will aid in keeping the armadillos away. This is recommended for areas will you won’t be eating what you are growing. Those that are present will leave in search of an odor free environment.
Keep Them Out
Chain or wire link fence can also serve as helpful in keeping armadillos away from property. They are not good at climbing and cannot jump at all. The fence should be buried a minimum of at least 18” into the ground so because they are superb diggers and easily dig under most fences. Although the fence needs to be buried deep, it only needs to be 2 feet high at the most.
If you notice the presence of armadillos in your yard or lawn there are things you can do to repel them form these areas as well. You will definitely want to check areas close to your home for burrow holes. Some holes can be up to 25’ long and 8” wide.
Treating your yard and lawn with insecticide will serve to eliminate the bugs that armadillos dine on. All animals have to eat and feed their young. When the food supply is cut off, they will usually choose to leave. Be sure that you read and follow all package instructions. For some people this may seem too caustic of a solution. In this case, sprinkling mothballs, ammonia powder, garlic or cayenne pepper has been known to be effective as well.
In-home Treatment Methods
Armadillos aren’t really known for invading homes. They tend to do more damage on the outside property. However, it is wise to take precautions to prevent them from entering the home. Locate and seal all holes, especially those leading into a basement. If there are vents outside of your home for one reason or another, use chicken wire to cover them. This will prevent armadillos from wandering in. You may also want to sprinkle some repellent in your basement or attic, as a precaution as well.
Armadillos can be more of a nuisance than you may have assumed. They can wreak havoc on many a yard, destroying plants left and right. The best way to deal with them is to not have to deal with them. By taking preventative measures, you can stay ahead of the game. There is no need to wait until you see one. If the signs are there, begin repelling the critters immediately. Get them to leave before costly damage has been done to your gardens and lawns.
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Information about how to catch an armadillo - by hand or with special snares.
This site is intended to provide armadillo deterrent education and information about armadillo repellents, such as those you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with an armadillo problem. This site provides many armadillo control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. But remember, mothballs and fox or coyote urine won't do the trick, nor will high pitch sound or noise machines. If you are unable to solve the problem on your own, which is likely with many cases of armadillo removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance armadillo.
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