Though the armadillo looks quite clumsy with its protective shield of armor, it is a prolific runner, swimmer and digger. Armadillos can swim underwater and hold their breath for up to six minutes. They have long, pig-like snouts with long, sticky tongues which they use to root their foods out of the ground. Though the armadillo’s eyesight is poor, its keen sense of smell makes up for it. Armadillos are about equal in size to opossums, usually weighing between eight and 17 pounds. Armadillos are gray, brown or pink in color.
Frequently Asked Armadillo Questions
Q-1. WHERE DO ARMADILLOS LIVE?
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A. Armadillos, or dasypus novemcinctus, are found in North America, from Texas to New Mexico, into Oklahoma and Missouri, and then extending over to Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Of course, they may be found outside of these states, as well, though these are the areas with the highest armadillo populations. There are 20 species of armadillos, and the species is identified by the number of bands of armor. Only nine-banded armadillos are found in the United States.
In the wild, armadillos prefer the shady, dense cover of brush, forests and woodlands, preferably next to rivers. Since they get most of their food by digging into the earth, armadillos prefer loose and porous sandy soil or loam soil. Armadillos will dig their burrows inside rock piles, stumps and brush piles. To avoid or trick predators, the armadillo will often have more than one burrow in any given area.
But often, armadillos move into human territory. Armadillos will burrow under sheds, homes, businesses, porches, decks, driveways, crawlspaces and woodpiles and create a home. They will enter foundation openings to get to these spots or create an armadillo hole in your foundation themselves. They have sharp, strong claws and strong legs which make them very good diggers.
Q-2. WHEN ARE ARMADILLOS MOST ACTIVE?
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A. In the summer armadillos are mostly nocturnal, so you will rarely see them during the day near your home or business. Armadillos become more active during daylight hours in the winter. Armadillos sleep for about 17 hours per day.
Armadillos have their babies in a nest in the burrow. Female armadillos produce only one litter a year, usually in early spring, after more than three months of pregnancy. The litters usually consist of four babies, and the armadillo babies will be identical since they all come from the same egg.
Armadillos have a relatively long life span of 10 to 15 years. They are fairly solitary creatures and social meetings between them are short.
Q-3. WHAT FOODS DO ARMADILLOS EAT?
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A. The majority of the armadillo diet is made up of insects and their larvae. Spiders, scorpions and worms are also armadillo favorites. Less often, armadillos will eat fruit and vegetable matter, usually berries and roots. Sometimes armadillos will eat vertebrates, such as snakes, frogs, lizards and the eggs of those animals.
Armadillos love ants and can eat up to 40,000 in one meal. An armadillo usually eats up to 200 pounds of bugs in one year.
Q-4. WHY SHOULD I LEARN HOW TO GET RID OF ARMADILLOS UNDER MY PORCH, DECK OR HOUSE?
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A. If you hear a noise under your porch or building, an armadillo may be setting up its home. If your lawn, garden, flower bed or golf course is covered with shallow holes and patches of dirt, an armadillo may be searching for insects and their larvae.
All in all, armadillos under your house or business can do a lot of expensive damage to your landscape. You may wake up in the morning to find your whole front lawn has served as an armadillo feeding lot, with dirt and grass uprooted and thrown about. Armadillos can do damage to your lawn and flower beds that is beyond repair.
Armadillos can also do much damage to structures when they dig under house, shed and business foundations, or under the driveway. People often complain that an armadillo rubs its armor on the outside of their home at night, keeping them awake at all hours. Armadillos make grunting sounds as they eat, and if they feel threatened they will make screaming and squealing sounds.
If an armadillo should choose to die under your home or business, the dead armadillo odor will emanate into the living quarters, causing headaches and nausea. Even when alive, the armadillo produces a musky scent that most people find quite repulsive. This armadillo odor can seep into your home or office.
While digging under your home or business, armadillos will often fall into an area under the foundation and not be able to get themselves out because they are not good climbers. Trapped, the armadillos end up dying, leaving a rotting armadillo smell in their wake.
Armadillos will tear into areas of your home or business and haunt it for years to come. All these armadillo pest problems will affect the value of your property. It is difficult to sell a home that has an armadillo infestation and actually, it’s required by law that you fix the armadillo problem before you sell your home. Property value can decrease between five percent and ten percent due to armadillo problems or the insect problem that is tempting armadillos.
Q-5 I HEARD ARMADILLOS CARRY DISEASES. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Yes, disease is commonly associated with armadillos. The bacteria mycobacterium leprae can infect armadillos, and this is the bacteria which causes leprosy. The link between human infection and armadillos has not been heavily tested, but it does remain a risk. In Louisiana, up to 53 percent of armadillos were found to have leprosy. Leprosy symptoms include skin lesions, numbness, nerve damage and muscle weakness. Armadillos are the only animals that can transmit leprosy, and they can do so by attacking with their claws.
Armadillos can also carry rabies. Rabies, a virus, progressively paralyzes and can kill any mammal, including humans. Rabies is generally contracted through contact with an infected armadillo through biting. Since armadillos rarely bite, armadillo rabies is not quite as high a risk as raccoon or skunk rabies, for example. Though humans should avoid contact with any armadillos, if an armadillo seems especially fearless around humans or is very active during the day, it could be infected. Call 1-888-488-1415 United Wildlife Armadillo Control immediately for professional armadillo removal.
Armadillos have problems with tapeworms. Tapeworms are parasites of the digestive system and can be transmitted to humans. Armadillos carry the bacteria salmonella. People who pick up salmonella bacteria can become seriously ill with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and chills. Salmonella can also affect the blood. Armadillo salmonella can be spread through armadillo fecal matter.
Q-6. WILL AN ARMADILLO HURT MY DOG OR CAT?
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A. Though armadillos tend not to bite, because of illnesses an armadillo lurking on your property can pose a danger to domestic dogs and cats. Armadillos will claw if they feel threatened by your dog or cat.
Q-7. I WANT TO TRAP OR KILL AN ARMADILLO MYSELF. IS THAT OK?
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A. We understand the desire to take care of an armadillo problem yourself. It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands, but in the long run, you could put yourself, your family and your home at risk of damage, distress and disease. By coming into contact with armadillo fecal matter or armadillo claws, you would be putting yourself in danger of some serious diseases (refer to Q-5 above).
Because of the unique behaviors of armadillos, it is very difficult for an amateur armadillo trapper to know how to get rid of armadillos. Shooting is not a good option to get rid of armadillos. The armadillo removal experts at United Wildlife will humanely trap any existing armadillos, and then offer armadillo prevention ideas and techniques.
A homeowner may successfully trap and kill an adult armadillo, only to smell the nasty odor of baby armadillo carcasses rotting under the porch, house or deck. It can take between one and two years, depending on the size, for an armadillo body to decompose, and even longer for the odor to dissipate. Along with decomposing bodies come maggots and other bugs, including fly larvae.
Q-8. HOW CAN UNITED WILDLIFE’S ARMADILLO PEST CONTROL HELP ME GET RID OF MY ARMADILLO PROBLEM?
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A. United Wildlife’s specialty is the removal of armadillos from under homes, sheds, porches and other hard-to-reach locations through special trapping techniques and use of fiber-optic and infrared cameras. Depending on city, county, federal and state law, the armadillo will either be relocated or euthanized once it is taken away. No matter the course of action, the armadillo will be treated in a humane manner.
United Wildlife’s armadillo trappers use a variety of armadillo live traps, kill traps, body-gripping traps and snaring, depending on the kind of armadillo infestation and federal, county and state laws.
If an armadillo has already died under your home or porch, our professional armadillo trappers have dead armadillo removal services and can also help clear odors caused by dead armadillos.
We’re professional armadillo trappers who will travel to any location to get the armadillos out. We can do professional phone and Internet coaching for those who live in remote areas and want to perform pest control for armadillos by using digital pictures sent by e-mail. Either way, we will work with you to solve your armadillo invasion. There is not an armadillo problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s professional armadillo trapping service. Call 1-888-488-1415.
Q-9. WHAT ARE UNITED WILDLIFE’S PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR ARMADILLO REMOVAL OR TO GET RID OF ARMADILLOS?
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A. Call United Wildlife’s armadillo trapping specialists and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per armadillo and number of service calls. Prices will vary depending on severity of the armadillo problem. Depending on the amount of armadillos and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the armadillo problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of armadillo control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of armadillos.
United Wildlife armadillo experts accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.
Q-10. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER UNITED WILDLIFE ARMADILLO CONTROL REMOVES THE ARMADILLOS?
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A. A great way to combat an armadillo problem is to eradicate any insect infestations you may have. United Wildlife’s insect extermination experts can help you install an insect control system to keep bugs and larvae away so that armadillos will not be tempted by them as a food source. Don’t entice other armadillos to return. We will also help you make sure the building is in proper repair to deter any future armored friends from entering.
United Wildlife’s armadillo blockers can install special products which block armadillos from burrowing under your home or business, and to keep armadillos from digging on your lawn or golf course. United Wildlife armadillo control can help you install armadillo fences to keep armadillos out.
Do remember that armadillos are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the armadillo removal field, a particular armadillo situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent armadillos under your house or business in the future. Incremental pricing will apply for our professional armadillo removal and all armadillo solutions are custom made and custom priced.
Our mission at United Wildlife control is to help identify your armadillo pest damage. We will remove the existing armadillo pest and develop a wildlife solution to stop or control the armadillo problem from occurring again.
In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional armadillo trappers, any referrals are always appreciated.