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Memphis Armadillo removal – Exterminators

Armadillo removal is sometimes necessary because armadillos can cause problems in the yard! They can be very destructive. 

How do you get rid of digging in the yard? Simple we trap and remove the armadillos causing the problem.

How can you tell an armadillo is digging up your yard?

  • The digging is along the border of a path or garden
  • The damage is caused sometime in the night.
  • You have a big hole next to your foundation with a lot of dirt piled up in front of it.

We know the difference in the holes made by an armadillo vs. a raccoon.

Raccoons sometimes dig up the grass/soil similar to an armadillo, the difference is that they are using their hands and an armadillo is using his nose and powerful claws. You’ll have to look at the damage to see the difference and also the location. Raccoons will damage the lawn all over and not just along the borders. Armadillos, if there are enough of them in the yard can sometimes cause widespread damage too but it looks different.

There is no known bait proven effective for armadillos so we rely on our skills in setting up traps to guide these half blind animals into our traps. We often look at the lay of the land and the structures surrounding the area to help us catch them as quickly as possible.

Armadillos can carry leprosy, and damage the foundation. Often they eat termites and ants which is a good thing. If you have a termite barrier often an armadillo will void your warranty so check with your pest care professional once the critter digging the holes has been removed

Armadillos - We relocate them

Armadillos caught

Top 5 cities in Memphis with armadillo problems

  1. Southhaven
  2. West Memphis, Arkansas
  3. Bartlett
  4. Germantown
  5. Collierville

Armadillo trapping setup

Armadillo-setup

What do armadillos in Memphis eat?

Armadillos eat insects, worms, and grubs. It has been suggested that they can sense the movements of termites in the ground. They will eat fruit, small lizards and even the eggs of birds! Chances are if you have an armadillo hanging around there is a pretty good food source nearby. One thing to be concerned about is that if an armadillo is digging a burrow (hole) around the base of the house, this could void your termite warranty. Most pest control companies will require you to get rid of the armadillo before they treat for termites since new digging around the foundation will destroy the barrier your pest control operator will install.

Armadillos & Diseases in Memphis, TN

Yes, armadillos can and do carry leprosy which is a bacterium. Leprosy can can take 3-5 years to manifest itself and is usually transmitted via contact with body tissue or blood. You might not want to eat one! Practice good hygiene and wash your hands after gardening. this bacteria can die off pretty quick once its in the soil, especially if it’s hot and dry. If your looking to learn more about this in a quick read, visit this link from the CDC

https://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/media/pdf/EID_Leprosy%20transcript.pdf

Best bait for an armadillo

The best known bait for an armadillo is the urine from another one! Once you get that first one, others will be drawn to the trap based on that smell, especially from a female! Other than that, there just isn’t a known working bait for armadillos! Trapping is best done by funneling them in!

How to trap Armadillos

To learn how we catch them, have a look at some of the photos of our setups on this page.

 

Armadillo trap setup

Positive setup over the hole with a strong cage!

 

Armadillo Repellents & Getting Rid of Armadillos

There are few repellents out there but there are some. So far, we have not seen great results with repellents. The best defense is to create barriers to prevent them from entering the property in the first place. Gravel around the perimeter of a building can go a long way to prevent digging at the base of a home.

Filling a hole with sand or even cement will NOT work. Sand is easily dug up and concrete is easily dug around. Installing gravel seems to work best as it is hard to dig into and often results in the armadillo moving on the an easier target.

Give us a call for an armadillo inspection and we’ll come up with a plan to get rid of them and protect your home.


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