Control, Biology, Identification of Armadillos
An Armadillo can cause tremendous damage to
cultivated areas such as your manicured lawn, golf courses. This damage is
due to this mammal's diet of grubs, insects and other small invertebrates.
While hunting for food, an Armadillo can wreak havoc on turf, digging small to
medium holes in numerous locations. While there are many people who are
fascinated with the Armadillo and its habits, those who spend many long hours
cultivating a nice lawn do not appreciate their grassy front yard resembling a
Elimination of Nuisance Armadillos
There are several wildlife control measures that can be used in the
elimination of nuisance Armadillos: elimination of food source,
trapping, shooting, repelling.
Shooting is a controversial subject and one that we will not discuss in this article. Check with your local, state and county before using this pest elimination method.
Most people will first try eliminating the insects or
grubs in their lawn as their first step in ridding themselves of destructive
Armadillos. In certain areas of the Southeast United States, the presence of
Armadillos coincides with molecricket
infestations in lawns and grassy
areas. If Armadillos are digging in your lawn because you have molecricket
problems, go to molecricket elimination.
In severe cases, a stubborn Armadillo might need a little help in leaving your lawn or golf course. If this is your situation, follow up your pesticide application with a good repellent or combination of repellents. The best results have been achieved by making two applications of Permethrin (about 10 days between applications) and applying your repellent 5 days following your second Permethrin Pro treatment.
The use of repellents is an attractive alternative pest control method for many people, for various reasons:
There are two products preferred by our customers for use in ridding their lawns
and gardens of nuisance burrowing wildlife: Whole
Control and Mole Out. Whole
Control is a liquid that is applied to lawns, flower beds or gardens with
the use of a hose-end sprayer. Mole Out is a
granular product that is broadcast over areas where burrowing animals are a
problem. Whole Control is very successful in eliminating mole and vole
problems but should not be used in armadillo control as a stand-alone product;
Whole Control should be used either in combination with Mole Out or after two
Permethrin spray applications. Being a liquid, Whole Control tends to go a
little too deep in the soil to have a dynamic impact on an animal as large as an
Armadillo. Mole Out granular repellent releases its ingredient on the
soil's surface, having a greater impact on Armadillos.
Mole Out granular repellent should be applied at the rate of 1 pound per 500 square feet. After applying the granules evenly to affected area, lightly water the area.
Armadillos can be difficult to repel. Be prepared to make a second application in 10 days if the animals' activity has not stopped.
Armadillo Control Summary
Armadillos can be controlled by:
Pesticide Application -- Spray lawn with Permethrin Pro; apply product with hose-end sprayer. You will need 1½ ounces Permethrin Pro concentrate per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Repeat application should be made two weeks later.
Applying Repellents -- Use 1 pound of Mole Out granules per 500 square feet of lawn. For stubborn armadillo problems: spray area with Whole Control; broadcast Mole Out granules; water area. Repeat procedure in 10 days, if necessary.
Combining Pesticide Application
with Repellents -- Make two applications of Permethrin Pro (2 weeks
apart); wait 5 days; apply your repellents.
Trapping -- Use
the Safeguard Raccoon Trap to remove
unwanted Armadillos from lawns, gardens, orchards, golf courses and other areas.
Bait your trap with overripe fruit (such as apples or bananas,) earthworms held
in thin netting or panty hose materials. These traps are more effective
when "wings" are added to direct the Armadillo into the trap (see
illustration below). Set the traps in the area where the damage is
occurring, for example, around the house, in the flower garden, or in the